Homily for Saturday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time Year A.
Theme: The revelation of the glory of God
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday, February 23 2019
(Mk. 9:2-13) Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus transfigured before the apostles Peter, James, and John after telling them His coming passion and death. Jesus revealed Himself to the apostles in a very dramatic manner. He gave them a glimpse of His divinity and a foretaste of things to come. It reinforced their discipleship given their frustration that Jesus would not be the Messiah they expected.The apostles saw Moses and Elijah with Jesus. They represented the Old testament promise. Seeing them with Jesus created the conclusion that the promise is fulfilled. The reaction of the apostles was to remain up in the mountain. It must have been due to the bliss they experienced from the transfigured Jesus. It was very tempting to savour and lounge in the heavenly feeling. They were willing to leave their places, livelihood, and family for good. The event culminated with the direct endorsement of Jesus by the Father, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him.”
Jesus did not heed the suggestion of Peter to just remain in the mountain. He had a mission to fulfil even if it will entail His death. The event, which was meant to strengthen the apostles, should also be a source of strength for us. While we are not anymore faced by the death of the Lord, we are still faced with a lot of suffering and challenges as a consequence of our faithfulness to God and workings of the devil. The event reminds us that, we too, will have our own glory if we persist in our faith.
Our way is only in and through Jesus Christ. He holds the truth about life. And He can bring us to eternal life. Jesus, remember, is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!