First Reading: Dn. 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm: Ps. 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
Second Reading: 2 Pt. 1:16-19
Gospel: Mk. 9:2-10
It seems that whenever God chooses to reveal something important, He reveals it on a mountain. To name a few: it was on a mountain that God revealed His covenant with Abraham who was about to sacrifice his son Isaac in obedience to God. It was on a mountain where Moses was led to a “burning bush” where God gave him His mission to lead His people out of slavery fromEgypt. It was also on a mountain where God gave His commandments to Moses. It was also on a mount where Jesus gave us the “beatitudes” that revealed to us what theKingdomofGodis. The Transfiguration also took place on top of a mountain.
Just like the apostles, we are all invited by God to climb the mountain. God will give us our moments of consolation. But, the real test would come when we descend the mountain to face the challenges of life. Will our perception of God change when we are burdened and overwhelmed with the frustrations in life? Because of our weakness, will we deny Jesus? Will we abandon him because we cannot cope with our fears?
We hope, at those moments, God will give us the grace to recognize Him, that His love help us win back our dignity, and that His strength will enable us to continue life’s challenges together with Him. Also this time, we hope that our sights will be directed towards the eternal.
Who do you say the Son of Man is?