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Need for transfiguration



The transfiguration of Jesus is of significance in today’s world. Jesus shared with three of his closest friends, Peter, James and John. He took them to a high mountain traditionally Mount Tabor in Galilee. Symbolically however the ‘mountain’ is the place where one encounters God in all his majesty. This is its significance here. What happens is the unexpected: Jesus’ face shines like the sun, and his clothes become as white as light. Two figures appear next to Jesus, symbols of the Law and the Prophets, Moses and Elijah.

The disciples are too stunned. ” All at once a bright cloud overshadows them - again, a symbol of God’s overwhelming presence - and a voice from the cloud calls: “This is my Son, my Beloved. Listen to him.”  A host of questions assails us: did this event really take place? What did it mean? This is a passage whose importance lies more in its meaning than in its actuality. Jesus is no less a messiah even when his glory is hidden and disfigured in the passion.

Our God is a God of love. Loves us to the extent of laying down His own life. Greater love! Can there be? God humbled Himself to exalt us. Our society in its present predicament stands in need of transfiguration. People choose degrading ways to satiate their needs, thirsts and hunger for... By our inhuman choices we almost negate or pretend as if God is not alive and active.. The larger society, people all over need  to leave aside their banal choices, climb the tuff mountain, seek and find God. Behold our God! Only then, coming down to reality will humanity be able to live transformed lives respecting the rights and dignity of the other; in peace and love.

Lord, send us leaders and prophets in our time to guide and show us godly ways  in our living and our relationships.

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