MATTHEW 15:21-28 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (August 6, 2020)
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. Jesus’ appearance was changed before them his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as snow. Then suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus. Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will make three tents: one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Peter was still speaking, when a bright cloud covered them with its shadow; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my son, the beloved, my chosen one. Listen to him.” On hearing the voice, the disciples fell on the ground, full of fear. But Jesus came, touched them, and said, “Stand up, do not be afraid!” when they raised their eyes, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus. And as they came down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man was raised from the dead.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
The transfiguration of Jesus and sudden appearance of Moses and Elijah, the two most authoritative figures of God’s past covenant, alongside with Jesus was a confirmation of His authority. It is also the unpacking of Jesus personality and the pronouncement as the son of God. In fact, the unidentified mountain is considered as the meeting place of man and God through Jesus, His beloved son.
What is our take away in this Bible reading? And how we are going to process this into our personal consumption? The key point in here is the ocassion of transfiguration. This was the glorification of Jesus as the son of God and the confirmation of full authority. He was a package figure of divinity enjoining the human flesh.
Being His disciples, we could share His transfiguration by doing the discipleship in our lives. Doing his well glorifies him and Jesus aura of transfiguration permeate us to be like him in our human version. It is from there that God came closer to us as He did with the three of Jesus disciples in the mountain. As Jesus shine, we could also shine through him unto the Father.
Brothers and sisters, we let our life shine by welcoming Jesus. His transfiguration in us makes us radiate in a way he radiated upon the declaration of the Father in heaven as His beloved Son. And we will also radiate in the same when we repond positively to God’s calling and get united in Him till eternity.
Finally, glorifying Jesus is recharging oneself. The power of the Holy Spirit ,as our virtual companion, glow and radiate to those who open their hearts to Jesus.