Reflection on Matthew 17:9a, 10-13 ~
I know people that with a simple look can recognize someone from their distant past. I cannot, but from personal and witnessed experiences, I know God often elevates other attributes. For example, without even knowing someone, I can sometimes sense their inner turmoil. This was a reason that I discerned I needed to pursue pastoral education. We are each Elijah and John the Baptist, God wants us to recognize and use Jesus’ gifts inside to help restore all things.
The Transfiguration, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” 10 And the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 He replied, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; 12 but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 17: 9a, 10-13.