BOMBS AWAY

Feast of the Transfiguration of the LordLectionary: 614


Reading 1 DN 7:9-10, 13-14
As I watched:
Thrones were set up

and the Ancient One took his throne.

His clothing was bright as snow,

and the hair on his head as white as wool;

his throne was flames of fire,

with wheels of burning fire.

A surging stream of fire

flowed out from where he sat;

Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,

and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw:
One like a Son of man coming,

on the clouds of heaven;

When he reached the Ancient One

and was presented before him,

The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;

all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion

that shall not be taken away,

his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm PS 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;

let the many islands be glad.

Clouds and darkness are round about him,

justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.

R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,

before the LORD of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his justice,

and all peoples see his glory.

R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,

exalted far above all gods. 

R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Reading 2 2 PT 1:16-19
Beloved:

We did not follow cleverly devised myths

when we made known to you

the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,

but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.

For he received honor and glory from God the Father

when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,

“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven

while we were with him on the holy mountain.

Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.

You will do well to be attentive to it,

as to a lamp shining in a dark place,

until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 

Alleluia MT 17:5C
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;

listen to him.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 17:1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, 

and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

And he was transfigured before them; 

his face shone like the sun 

and his clothes became white as light.

And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,

conversing with him.

Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, 

“Lord, it is good that we are here.

If you wish, I will make three tents here, 

one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, behold,

a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, 

then from the cloud came a voice that said, 

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;

listen to him.”

When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate

and were very much afraid.

But Jesus came and touched them, saying,

“Rise, and do not be afraid.”

And when the disciples raised their eyes, 

they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain,

Jesus charged them,

“Do not tell the vision to anyone 

until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
REFLECTION: BOMBS AWAY

“A surging stream of fire flowed out from where He sat.” –Daniel 7:10
When Jesus was transfigured, “from the cloud came a voice which said, ‘This is My Son, My Chosen One. Listen to Him’ ” (Lk 9:35). However, the apostles did not listen to Jesus, especially regarding His death on the cross and His Resurrection. Even after Jesus died and rose, they didn’t listen to Him. Jesus knew this would happen. He concluded one of His parables with the statement: “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if one should rise from the dead” (Lk 16:31). Finally, after Jesus’ Ascension, the apostles listened to Jesus a little bit by remaining in Jerusalem until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). At this first Christian Pentecost, they received the power of the Spirit (Acts 1:8). A spiritual bomb exploded. Their hardness of heart and hardness of hearing were melted. From this point on, the apostles listened to Jesus.
On this day, we sorrowfully remember the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Similarly, Jesus’ Transfiguration was a beginning of bringing together a “critical mass” of spiritually explosive material. This bomb exploded at Pentecost. The bomb of Pentecost causes us to listen to Jesus. Other bombs cause us to hold our hands over our ears (see Acts 7:57) and not listen. Choose your bomb.
PRAYER: Prayer: Father, throughout this year, explode the bomb of Pentecost.

PROMISE: Promise: “We possess the prophetic message as something altogether reliable. Keep your attention closely fixed on it, as you would on a lamp shining in a dark place until the first streaks of dawn appear and the Morning Star rises in your hearts.” –2 Pt 1:19

PRAISE: Praise: Praise Jesus, transfigured in glory, the “Light of the world” (Jn 8:12), shining in radiant splendor.

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