Reflection on Matthew 17:1-9
The transfiguration is one of those scenes that that we all seem to have a similar visualization. Was this mystical experience a one-time event, arranged just for Peter, James and John? When you place yourself with them, doesn’t the Word come alive; don’t you see Jesus in the dazzling light and, hear the Father speaking? Do not be afraid of your own experiences. God expresses Grace on you because you are a beloved son or daughter, with whom He is well pleased.
The Transfiguration, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
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.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this Matthew 17:1-9 Reflection – You are God’s Beloved.