In today’s Gospel, Mark’s account of the Transfiguration comes after Jesus had performed many miracles and wanted to get away from the crowds, so he invited his closest friends to go away with him. Jesus revealed his utter closeness to the Father as he was Transfigured in glory and Moses and Elijah communed with him.
I believe he shares this intimate moment of revelation with his closest friends to tell them and to tell us who hear this account to keep our eyes and hearts oriented towards heaven! Keep working tirelessly to reveal the Father’s Kingdom in our midst.
Do we reflect the very presence of Jesus at every moment in our lives and our ministry? Sometimes we can be overwhelmed with our work, our interruptions throughout the day, and we need fresh reminders that in the midst of difficult journeys Jesus is with us and we must listen to Jesus anew, to be more attentive to the Father’s voice in every person we serve.
As Peter, James, and John ascended the mount, we will now ascend the mount of the altar and receive the transfigured, glorified Lord in the presence of Bread and Wine. As you receive him here, as you commune with him now, consider that this is not a private affair. Rather it is absolutely communal! We become so connected to each other because of Jesus’ one eternal sacrifice. We receive him, we rest with him, we pitch our tent with him, but that is not the final story, we must descend the mount with Peter, James, and John and do what the Mass commands us to do, “Ite, missa est” Go! Bring the Gospel of Joy to every person we encounter.