The Transfiguration of Christ
From the desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook, Director of Religious Education
Theme: The Transfiguration of Christ
Scripture: After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Matthew 17:1-3
The story begins with Jesus taking three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John up onto a mountain to pray. As Jesus was praying, an amazing thing happened. The Bible says that the appearance of Jesus’ face began to change and that his clothing became as bright as a flash of lightning. Next, Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus. When Peter saw this, he was so excited that he told Jesus that he thought that they should just stay up there on the mountain and build three tabernacles—one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
Peter didn’t want this wonderful experience on the mountain to end. However, what Peter didn’t understand was that it was necessary for this experience to end in order that they might move forward to God’s greatest gift to the world—the gift of salvation. Following this moment on the mountain, Jesus was crucified on the cross, was buried, and rose from the grave so that you and I could have eternal life in heaven.
God sends a lot of happy days into our life. The day that we decide to follow Jesus and make him our Lord and Savior is, no doubt, the happiest day of our life, but there are many more happy days to follow.
When Jesus comes into our heart, it is the beginning of a life of joyfully serving him.
Dear Father, we thank you for all of the joyful experiences you send our way. Help us to grow in our daily walk with you. In Jesus’ name we pray,
Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes, repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life. Or reflect and possibly journal on the following question: When have you felt most certain about your faith?
Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:
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Family Discussion: Every family has special moments that they remember and share. In sharing these stories, the meaning and importance of the events develops and deepens over time. This is how it was with the disciples’ remembrance of Jesus’ Transfiguration. The full significance of what they had seen and experienced could only be understood after Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. As Peter, James, and John reflected on the event and told other believers about the Transfiguration, their own faith deepened. Because Matthew, Mark, and Luke recorded the account of the Transfiguration in their writings, we too can deepen our faith in Jesus, the Son of God and our Savior.
Gather as a family and think about some special memories that your family recalls over and over again. Talk about why these moments are important to you. Remember that in the Bible we find many important stories about Jesus. They have been recorded so that we too can learn about him and his teachings, so that we too can come to know and love Jesus, God’s beloved Son. Read today’s Gospel, Matthew 17:1–9. Discuss as a family how Jesus fulfills the promises that God made to Israel and how God glorified Jesus after the Resurrection. Talk about your family and the promises you have made to one another. Conclude by praying together the Lord’s Prayer so that as a family you continue to grow in faithfulness to one another and to your heavenly Father.