The Transfiguration of Our Lord Year A
O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration
of your Only Begotten Son
confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers
and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship,
grant, we pray, to your servants,
that listening to the voice of your beloved Son,
we may merit to become coheirs with him.
On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship His Sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away. First Reading
The Lord is King, let earth rejoice, let all the coastlands be glad. Responsorial Psalm
“This is my Son the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him” Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:
Daniel 7: 9–10,13–14; Psalm 96 (97); 2 Peter 1:16–19; Matthew 17: 1–9
On this feast of the Transfiguration, we are invited to step aside from the busyness of our daily life so that God can make himself known to us. As we listen to God, through Scripture and by being fully present to our daily experiences, our lives will be transformed.
In the Gospel, Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain and reveals himself as the Universal Christ. He is transfigured as they look on. Although he counsels his disciples not to tell anyone what they saw, it is through following Christ that his followers are transformed with the same power and light.
The prophet Daniel in the First Reading describes a vision of the same eternal Universal Christ being shown to the nations by God in all his glory.
A similar vision of Christ’s kingship and sovereignty of all the earth is proclaimed throughout today’s Psalm.
Peter tells us to listen to the teachings of prophets like Daniel who foretold the coming of Christ. He would be like a light for our lives, guiding us through darkness (Second Reading).
We are called to listen to Christ and to deepen our relationship with him. Are there people who need you to reveal God’s transforming love to them? Let us pray for them and for ourselves, that we may all be drawn deeper into the wonder of that love.