“This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (Lk 9:35)
God the Father’s words from the cloud in today’s Gospel (Focus) are similar to those used by him at Jesus’ baptism: “You are my Son; the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Mk 1:11). These words summarize the meaning of the Transfiguration – that on this mountain, God revealed Jesus as his only son, the one in whom he is always well pleased and the one to whom we must invariably listen.
Today’s feast has some practical implications for us. Through the sacraments we are transformed and strengthened. Baptism turns us into children of God. Confirmation makes us temples of the Holy Spirit. Through Reconciliation, God brings us back to the path of holiness. The Eucharist strengthens us against temptation and transforms our lives.
We need transformation in our Christian lives so that we may seek reconciliation instead of revenge, love our enemies, pray for those who hate us, give to the needy without expecting a reward, refuse to judge others, and make friends with those we don’t naturally like. In short, be like Jesus.
The light which shone from Christ (Lk 9:29) reminds us that he will triumph over the darkness of evil. It is for us to look to Christ and be radiant even in the face of trials and temptations.