The Transfiguration

Mark 9:2-10
Dn 7:9-10,13-14 / 2Ptr 1:16-19 / Ps 97

“This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him.”
(Mark 9 : 7)

It may feel good to just remain
In the safety of God’s mountain,
But if His grace we seek to gain,
God’s fields are waiting in the plain.

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Sudden-ly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.

Reflection

I believe the main reason why I once loved to climb Mt. Apo every year was because of the sacred experience of meditating 10,000 feet above sea level. Alone in one of the peak’s nooks or ridges, one could almost feel His divine Presence, or hear God’s voice in the rustling wind. This is what I miss most in our club’s annual trek to the country’s highest peak, now that at 70 it is no longer physically possible.

Since the time of Abraham, the high places have always been considered sacred ground. Perhaps this is why monasteries and novitiates have always been built in high places like Tagaytay, or the monastery of the Benedictines in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, where the Church of the Transfiguration is located. Perhaps it is part of man’s “spiritual instinct” to seek closeness with his Creator, and the higher one reaches in his spiritual quest, the stronger he feels the Divine Presence. However, it is never an easy climb to tackle the spiritual heights of life without proper conditioning and preparation, and the right equipment to take along. Just as climbing Mt. Apo’s peak unprepared would be very ill-advised indeed.

As members of the BCBP, we are fortunate that we are getting here the training and preparation we need as well as the “tools of the trade” in our life’s “climb to Mt. Hebron”. “It is good that we are here!” That is how we feel in our brotherhood, safe and secure in the love of God and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We have been called, as the privileged few to witness the power and love of God in our lives, and we have been transformed in this holy mountain we know as BCBP. But are we content to build our tents here, like St. Peter, and just stay here basking in the glory of our God? Or shouldn’t we go down from the mountain and proceed with the work that God has prepared us to do?

Gratefully, we are regularly fed and reinforced with the Word of God in our breakfasts, action group meetings, and our twice monthly assemblies and teaching nights. We need all of them to be able to face the formidable task of evangelization for which we have been commissioned.

Lord Jesus, in today’s Gospel reading, You revealed to Your closest apostles Your Divine nature, and to us the message that the flesh has become one with the Divine through Your Transfiguration. You have given us everything, Lord, including Your divinity, if only to save us from depravity and corruption. How truly wondrous are Your mighty plans, o God, that even in our unworthiness, You have not given us up to sin, but have transformed us into a new creation. We ask for the grace to be constantly aware of Your great love for us, that we may never again fall into sin, but instead will always be in your service for spreading your Word and Your love to others. AMEN.

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