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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
August 06th, 2017


My Dear Friends in Christ,

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. It is important to be aware of where the story of the Transfiguration comes in the Gospel. Just before this, Peter acknowledged that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. But almost immediately afterwards, Peter and the other disciples are brought rudely down to earth when Jesus predicts his Passion. Jesus, their Messiah, will be arrested, tried, tortured and eventually executed and Jesus warns his followers that they will suffer a similar fate. This wasn’t what the disciples expected and it clearly left them in a state of shock and confusion.

It’s in this context that today’s Gospel takes place. Three of Jesus’ most intimate disciples are brought to “the mountain”. We do not know which mountain but in Scripture mountains are holy places where God is especially felt to be present. Here Peter, James and John have an experience of Jesus totally transformed in his appearance. The light of God shines through him and Christ is revealed in all his glory, prefiguring his Resurrection.

The Transfiguration event was meant to strengthen the faith of these three disciples. They were soon to witness the events that would lead their Lord and Master along what would appear to be a shameful path, up Golgotha´s lonely hill, to be crucified, a fate reserved for common criminals. Their own faith would be shaken, tested and tried, but in this moment the Lord wanted to encourage them - and He wants to encourage us.

The transfiguration of Jesus wasn’t just something the disciples were to witness and experience as something happening to him. It was also an invitation for them to undergo a transformation of their own. God invites each of us to undergo a transformation in our own lives. God invites us to climb to the top of the mountain where He is able to transform us more and more each day into the figure of Christ so that our lives may more perfectly reflect his self-sacrificing love and we may point others to the perfect world to come.

We will all be transfigured, as the Lord Himself was transfigured, when our redemption is complete in the Resurrection of the Body. Then, we will live in the new heaven and new earth, in a transformed cosmos! This reality is meant to affect the way we live our lives beginning right now!

In Christ,
 

Pastor

 

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at  info@st-cyril.org or phone 818.986.8234


 

 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234
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Title: "St Cyril of Jerusalem" - Artist: Anthony Visco, Atelier for the Sacred Arts, Philadelphia, PA - Shrine’s website: guadalupeshrine.org

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