Posted by: fvbcdm | August 6, 2012

Feast of the Transfiguration (6 August 2012)

Today is the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, and that event was chosen by Pope Blessed John Paul II as one of his new Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.  Some years ago, during a trip to and through the Holy Land, my group and I were taken up to the top of Mount Tabor, the “high mountain” rising from the plain in northern Galilee which is probably the one where the transfiguration took place.  There, at the top of the mountain, there are three churches in honor of Our Lord, Moses, and Elijah—the three persons whom the apostles Peter, James, and John saw in vision during that event.  Why did those two figures from the Old Testament appear with Our Lord?  Because the Old Testament was composed of “the Law and the Prophets.”  This expression was commonly used to mean the entirety of Jewish theology.  Now, Moses was the great law-giver and Elijah was the greatest of the prophets.  Thus when those two appeared flanking Our Lord on that mountaintop, the apostles who saw the vision were given clear indication that Jesus is the Savior, the Messiah, to whom the Law and the Prophets point and who fulfills their work. 

 

Saint Matthew tells us that the voice of God the Father is heard above the vision saying, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.  Listen to Him.”  And Saint Peter exclaimed “in ecstasy” as Saint Anastasius tells us, “Lord, it is good for us to be here!” Yes, it is good indeed for us to be where the Father praises his Son, and the Law and Prophets add their witness to that of the Father himself. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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