Genesis 15:5-12,17-18; Psalms 27:1,7-9,13-14; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 9:28-36
We read in today’s Gospel Lesson… Jesus “took with Him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As He prayed, the aspect of His face was changed and His clothing became brilliant as lightening.” (Lk. 9:28-29).
Just a few days before this Transfiguration Event, Jesus told His followers that He “is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day” (Lk, 9:22). And at this crucial point in their lives, the Apostles desperately needed a mountaintop experience — a once-and-for-all vision, if you will, of what their lives were all about: why Jesus was born and why they were born. Thus, as the transfigured Jesus returned to normal, they heard a voice coming out of the clouds, saying, “This is My Son, the Chosen One. Listen to Him!” In the Transfiguration Event, Jesus’ reason for being, His Messianic…
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