The Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A, 6th August 2023

‘It is wonderful for us to be here’

The liturgy of Transfiguration Sunday gives us a foretaste of future glory. 

In the Gospel, as in all the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), the account of the Transfiguration occurs as Jesus is about to make his final journey to Jerusalem and to the Cross. His imminent tragedy is seen through a vision of the glory that is to come.

For us, who carry our own tragedies and crosses, there is help in these readings. They hint at our own glory, too, as God’s adopted children, redeemed and sanctified.

We, too, will be led into his presence and offered a share in his glory (First Reading).

On that day, all creation will rejoice (Psalm).

The gift’s promise is, for us as it was for Peter, ‘a lamp for lighting the way through the dark until the dawn comes’ (Second Reading).

This week let’s pray that, despite our own personal struggles and the darkness of the world’s news, we might hold onto the hope of the glory that is ours through a share in Christ’s everlasting life.