Aug 6 (Feast of Transfiguration of Jesus) 

Artists depict beautifully because they are able to see deeply. 

>> Their eyes are transfigured! 
Poets describe amazingly because they are able to imagine deeply. 

>> Their minds are transfigured! 
Musicians perform soulfully because they are able to hear deeply. 

>> Their ears are transfigured!

Life has much more to offer. 

… Life has much more to hope for
>> Do I see, imagine and hear beyond the mere basic realities?
Our vision needs to be transfigured. 

>> Our imagination needs to be transfigured. 

>> Our hearing needs to be transfigured. 

The Lord underwent the Transfiguration. 

>> The Disciples shared in this joy. 
You and me are invited today…

Transfiguration, Fra Angelico, 1442, Convento di San Marco, Florence

The Scene of the Transfiguration is one of the most captivating and thrilling scenes of the Gospels. 
It’s interesting to see that this scene takes place on a high mountain. 
The Gospel Passage (Lk 9: 28-36), begins with the verse:

“Jesus took with Him Peter and John and James and went up to the MOUNTAIN to pray…” (Lk 9: 28)
 

Mountains play a key role, in the Bible and especially in the life of Jesus.
Mountains of course, dot the landscape of the Biblical regions. 

>> They are a great part of the physical reality of the Biblical world. 
They are a symbolic of “being closer to God”. 

 

The Gospel of St Matthew especially has a particular love for this “lofty symbol of God’s presence” 

  

>> Jesus underwent a temptation by Satan on the Mount  – the Mount of Temptations (Mt 4:8) 

>> Jesus delivers His Sermon and Teachings on a Mount – the Mount of the Sermon (Mt 5:1) 

>> Jesus performs many deeds of healings on a Mount – the Mount by the Sea of Galilee (Mt 15:29) 

>> Jesus is transfigured on a Mount – the Mount of Transfiguration (Mt 17:1)

>> Jesus gives His final teaching and discourse on a Mount – the Mount of Olives (Mt 24:3) 

>> Jesus gives up His life on a Mount – the Mount of Calvary (Mt 27:33)

>> Jesus delivers His Final Mission mandate on a Mount – the Mount of Galilee (Mt 28:16) 

So in this Lofty and High Place of the Presence of God – a Mountain – Jesus undergoes His Transfiguration…

… and is joined by the presence of two other “Mountain” Figures – Moses and Elijah!
>> Moses is the Man of the “Mount of Sinai” and “Mount Nebo”…

… representing the Law of God! 
>> Elijah is the Man of the “Mount of Carmel”…

… representing the Prophets of God! 
Jesus is the “God and Man of all the Mountains” – the Fulfillment of all the Laws and the Prophets!
What is the purpose of the “many mountain settings” of the Transfiguration Scene? 
It is…

…to look further

… to imagine deeper

… to hear beyond 
To see the way God sees us. 

>> To imagine the way God perceives us. 

>> To hear the way God wants of us. 
We all need a Transfiguration Moment in our lives…

… a Transfiguration Experience in our lives.
>> Vision that needs to be transfigured…

… into God’s representation!
>> Imagination that needs to be transfigured…

… into God’s resemblance!

 

>> Hearing that needs to be transfigured…

… into God’s resonance! 

Let us take courage… and accompany the Lord:

>> Beyond the peripheral problems of life…away from the hardships and difficulties of our 

physical, mental, spiritual, emotional worries…

…to climb the Mountain of Spiritual Closeness and Presence of the Lord… 

>> And share in the joy of the Transfiguration!
Life has much more to offer.

>> Life has much more to hope for….
Let us… Be transfigured! Be transformed! Be transcending! 

Happy Feast of the Transfiguration! 
God Bless! Live Jesus!

One thought on “Aug 6 (Feast of Transfiguration of Jesus) 

  1. Thank you very much.Fr.Jijo. vimal.ims

    On Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 7:50 PM, Reflection Capsules wrote:

    > Fr Jijo Manjackal MSFS posted: “Artists depict beautifully because they > are able to see deeply. >> Their eyes are transfigured! Poets describe > amazingly because they are able to imagine deeply. >> Their minds are > transfigured! Musicians perform soul” >

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