The Transfiguration

Posted: August 6, 2017 in Pastor's Page

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Transfiguration, 2017

 

Before the Transfiguration, some believe Jesus found himself in a crisis moment as he wondered: (a) if the people and even his close disciples were understanding his message, and  (b) If his mission was on the path that his Father desired? Perhaps this is why he asked his disciples these questions: Who do the people say that I am? Who do YOU say that I am?

 

So Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the top of a very high mountain. When Jesus arrived at the top, he began to pray, and these three disciples observed that his face and his clothing underwent a radical transformation. “His face began to shine like the sun, and his clothes became white as snow.” Something big was happening before their very eyes! . Any doubts they might have had instantly disappeared and God the Father gave His Son an overwhelming sign of confirmation, assuring him that he was indeed doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing. And if Peter, James, and John had any doubts, they too received a positive confirmation and manifestation of the glory of their Master. Then they themselves heard thundering words directed at Jesus and them from on high: “This is my beloved Son, upon whom my favor rests. Listen to him.” These were almost the same, exact words that were heard when Jesus began his mission at his baptism by John.

 

 

In these times, we all need re-assurance that God is indeed present in the midst of what appears to be chaos. There are so many people who suffer the anguish of unemployment, hunger, sadness, solitude, desperation, and many other forms of human depravation. . Through the Transfiguration, God the Father assures us that Jesus has what we need.   All we need do is “listen to him” and place our trust in Him, even when we don’t see a dramatic manifestations of his power and glory. For Jesus is always dynamically present in our lives. and always ready to lead us out of darkness and into the light.

 

 

La Espera Activa

 

Antes de la Transfiguración, Jesús se encuentra en un momento de crisis, se pregunta si el pueblo y sus discípulos entienden su mensaje, si su misión está tomando el rumbo que el Padre quiere. Por eso pregunta a sus discípulos: “¿Quién dice la gente que soy yo? Según ustedes, ¿quién soy yo?” (Mateo 16: 13, 15)

 

Jesús — junto con Pedro, Santiago y Juan — sube a un monte elevado. Una vez que Jesús está en el monte, en oración, “su rostro se puso resplandeciente como el sol y sus vestiduras se volvieron blancas como la nieve”. Ese nuevo rostro de Jesús refleja lo que pasa dentro de él: que las incertidumbres se han ido y el Padre lo confirma en su caminar. A los discípulos que dudan y estaban llenos de miedo, les son dirigidas unas palabras que son una clara revelación del Padre sobre quién es Jesús: “Este es mi hijo amado, en quien tengo puestas mis complacencias; escúchenlo”. Palabras semejantes a las que se escucharon cuando Jesús comienza su misión y se hace bautizar por Juan (Mateo 3, 17)

 

 

En estos tiempos en que parece que nos hemos acostumbrado a ver rostros angustiados por el desempleo, rostros desesperados por el hambre y la miseria, rostros tristes por la soledad, rostros desencajados por la desesperanza. …el evangelio de hoy nos invita a poner la mirada en Jesús y escucharlo. A confiar en él, que ha vencido las tinieblas y la muerte. A bajar al encuentro del otro y continuar, con renovados bríos, en la misión de Jesús.

 

 

In the Risen Lord,
Fr. Eddie Gros, Pastor