Fr. Americo Santos

Homily: Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

August 6, 2023

The common theme of today’s readings is the transfiguration of Christ by the power of God the Father. Christ’s Transfiguration invites us to transform our lives as loyal disciples together with Him by listening to his voice and doing his will.

The first reading, taken from the Book of Daniel, affirms Daniel’s vision of God’s glorious Heavenly Court of Judgment. In Daniel's vision, we can see a prefiguring of Christ's Transfiguration by God the Father in the Court of Heaven, where his kingship and glory are confirmed.

In the second reading St. Peter argues, in his Second Letter to the Church, that the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ (at which the voice of God the Father was heard by the three apostles, verses 16-18), and the testimony of the Old Testament prophets (in the Messianic prophecies), are the guarantee of the doctrine of Christ’s Second Coming.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus Christ is revealed as a glorious figure, superior to Moses and Elijah. Christ's Transfiguration confirms the plan of the Heavenly Father to save humankind through his Son's suffering, death, and resurrection. During the Transfiguration, Jesus revealed his Divine glory to his chosen disciples. The purpose of this was to help them reject their misguided and ambitious ideas of a political Messiah, and to provide them with strength during the time of trial.

Also, it is important to say that The Transfiguration narrative is a Christophany, which means a manifestation or a revelation of Who Jesus really is. He is the Son of God who came to the world to redeem us. Also, Jesus’ Transfiguration gives us an idea of the Heavenly glory awaiting those who do God’s will by putting their Faith in Him.

Brothers and Sisters, we have to be transfigured together with Jesus Christ through the Sacraments we have in the Church. Baptism, for example, transforms us into sons and daughters of God and heirs of Heaven. Confirmation makes us the temples of the Holy Spirit. By approaching the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God brings us back to the path of holiness. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick heals us spiritually and sometimes physically and forgives our sins.

The Holy Mass makes us strong just like Christ’s Transfiguration makes the Apostles strong. Each Mass is our source of strength against our temptations and our source of renewal of our lives. And Receiving Jesus Christ in the Eucharist changes our hearts and minds to love and serve Him and others. The words of the Father saying: “This is my Son, the beloved, with Him I am well pleased; listen to Him.” Give us courage and hope to continue growing in our conversion towards holiness. Every time we feel weak or discouraged about continuing our Christian life, let us listen and reflect on those deep words. Amen.