Luke 9:28b – 36
Come to the Mountain with Jesus; sometimes Tabor, sometimes Calvary. But remember, both transfigure us.
In the Gospel, Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, and John.
The Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.
Let us pray for his mercy now that nothing in us would impede his voice from being heard.
There are two Transfiguration’s of Jesus in the Gospels – the Mount of the Transfiguration and the Mount of Calvary.
Every time we celebrate the holy Mass these two mountains come together, the Mount of Transfiguration and Mount Calvary.
We are on the mountain with Jesus and his disciples during his Transfiguration where he is in heaven and all his glory.
But like him, we must go down that mountain to another mountain, the mountain of Calvary where Jesus is transfigured another way, the opposite of heavenly Tabor.
On the Calvary Mountain, Jesus willingly takes our sins to himself.
They transform him from a man into a worm, as Scripture says.
It won’t take much for us to recall in our life what caused Jesus to walk up that mountain carrying our cross and die on it.
We ask as we pray the Lord’s mercy on us at the beginning of every Eucharist, that Jesus will wash our souls with His own Precious Blood being spilled for us and our salvation.
At the consecration of the Eucharist, we long to be transformed into Christ as the bread and wine become his Body and Blood.
And then at Holy Communion, we pray with the Early Fathers of the Church “That we may become what we eat.”
And might I add, “For a world that is hungry for Christ Jesus.”