From Fr. Eric Baffour Asamoah
For February 25th, 2024
Today’s Gospel invites us to contemplate the Transfiguration of Jesus (Mark 9:2-10). This episode is related to what had happened six days earlier, when Jesus had revealed to His disciples that in Jerusalem He would “suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mk 8:31).
Jesus reveals Himself as the perfect icon of the Father, the radiance of His glory. Traditionally, the presence of Moses and Elijah during this event has been read as summarizing “the Law and the Prophets” now being fulfilled in and by Jesus’ life, the Messiah.
The transfiguration offered the apostles something to fall back to, when they shall watch their master been beaten, spat upon, insulted, dragged like a common criminal, humiliated, terribly maltreated, and eventually crucified.
Death will not be the end of everything, because it will open to the glory of the Resurrection. It is a call to remember, especially when we pass through a difficult trial, that the Risen Lord does not permit darkness to have the last word.
To understand the Mystery of the Cross, it is necessary to know ahead of time that the One who suffers and who is glorified is not only a man, but is the Son of God who, with his love faithful to the end, saved us.
The voice of the Father at the transfiguration becomes a clear confirmation of the fact that Jesus is “BELOVED SON OF GOD” who like Isaac assisted in sacrificing himself willingly for the salvation of the world. We see how God takes the place of Abraham to offer the love of His life as a sacrifice for mankind. If God was willing to give up everything, He has for us to have life, what greater proof do we need that He loves us?
Hence, St. Paul in our second reading says: If God is for us, who can be against us? Bless your hearts.