6 Aug Thu - Transfiguration of the Lord (A)

8/5/2020 10:03:07 AM
Dan. 7:9-10,13-14 or 2 Pt. 1:16-19 / Ps. 96:1-2,5-6,9 / Mt. 17:1-9 (Ps Wk II)

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Peter, James and John were led by Jesus to a high mountain. And what happened? They saw Jesus' face "shone like the sun" and His clothes "became as white as light" (v 2).

It was a special revelation of Jesus' divinity - His Transfiguration in radiant glory. However, before they could absorb this moment in all its fullness, there appeared before them, Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus! (For the Jews, Moses and Elijah were the two greatest prophets.) And then, to top it all, "a bright cloud covered them", and a voice said, "This is My Son; the Beloved; He enjoys My favour. Listen to Him"(v 5).

At this, the disciples "fell on their faces, overcome with fear" (v 6). The disciples unexpectedly saw, heard, and encountered divine moments, beyond their imagination and understanding. It was an overwhelming experience on the high mountain, so much so, that Jesus had to say to them, "do not be afraid" (v 7).

However, Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone about "the vision" until He has risen from the dead (v 9). Why?

Probably because a Messiah Who had to be crucified was not within the understanding of the general public. That is why in the Second Reading for today, Peter is seen to be sharing passionately about the Transfiguration of Jesus and how the disciples had witnessed it personally (2 Pet 1:16-18).

Lord, may we always listen to You


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8月6日( 四 )   耶穌顯聖容慶日

達尼爾先知書 7:9-10,13-14
聖詠 97[96]:1-2,5-6,9
伯多祿後書 1:16-19
瑪竇福音 17:1-9

對觀福音三位聖史,都記載了耶穌顯聖容的事蹟,而且都是編排在緊接著宗徒之長伯多祿明認耶穌是默西亞和耶穌教訓門徒應背負十字架來跟隨祂的記載之後。從這個脈絡去默觀這段福音,便能更深刻地體認,這個在山上的經驗,為跟隨主耶穌的人,是多麼的重要。這個靈性的經驗給人力量,使人堅信主耶穌就是要完成救贖工程的那一位,也同時邀請人聽從祂,與祂同行;也讓跟隨祂的人預嘗榮福直觀的奧秘。

身為一位基督徒,在祈禱生活中,也許曾經有過如同耶穌顯聖容的神聖時刻。今天,我們可以重溫那些經驗,從中獲取天主願意賜給我們的恩寵。這不單純是回顧祈禱經驗,而是深化這些與主相偕的經驗,使之成為自己緊密地跟隨主耶穌的動力。

如果耶穌提到背十字架的邀請,使人有些擔憂,不妨注意一下,唯獨瑪竇聖史記載了耶穌如何安撫了宗徒們害怕的情緒,並邀請他們起來,平安地繼續他們的使命。

主耶穌,感謝祢強化我們的信德,求祢也給我們恩寵去相稱地回應祢的召喚。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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