Bible Verse of the Day – Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,Mark 9:2-10 and Matthew 17:1-9
and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
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Today’s Bible Verse of the Day Reflections
The transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a very powerful moment in the course of His earthly ministry when the divine nature and glory, which He possessed prior to coming to earth in the human body, was manifested infront of the three disciples Peter James and John.
Jesus was transformed into a form that nothing on earth could make dirty. It was a form that we can call heavenly. We also see that He was communicating with Elijah and Moses, people we know are in heaven.
So, why was the transfiguration important to Jesus and to the apostles?
God Himself took the form of man and came down to earth as His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. So, after Jesus began to gather His disciples for His ministry, He performed many miracles infront of them and the disciples also performed miracles in His name. He told them that He was the Messiah and that He came from God.
But three years into the ministry He told them that He will be persecuted and will die but Peter Said that they would not let that happen. Jesus was upset and told Peter that he is thinking like an earthly man and not of what is heavenly. So, Jesus had to manifest Himself to a form that He was, He is and will always be because He is really God, so that the disciples could finally believe that He really is God and not a mortal man.
This is why during the transfiguration, a cloud came, casting a shadow over them and from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” God Himself reassured the apostles that Jesus was indeed His beloved Son whom He had sent down to earth and that they should listen to Him. God told them to stop losing faith and hope in Jesus just because He had told then that He would die.
The statement by Jesus that He will die made the disciples to start wondering if He really was the Messiah. But because the word of the prophets had to be fulfilled, He had to die but still He have to prove that He was God.
After this powerful transfiguration they all descended to the bottom of the mountain and found the rest trying, but in vain, to drive out a demon out of a man. Jesus confirms their wavering faith in Him by telling them that their dwindling faith is the cause of their inability to drive out demons.
Let us therefore have an unwavering faith in Jesus because we are lucky to know that He is indeed the messiah who came to save us from our sins.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we believe that You are our Lord and Saviour. We pray that You rekindle our faith and trust in You so that we may continue with the work that You have commanded us to do. Amen.
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