Wednesday, August 16, 2017


FIRST READING - Dn 7: 9-10, 13-14.

v  The book of Daniel belongs to the prophetic-apocalyptic  tradition. It uses images which we will find later in the New Testament in the book of Revelation.   

v  The apocalyptic literature uses fantastic and spectacular images, some taken from nature, some from the human imagination.   

v  Whenever God makes him present, there are grandiose signs that cause fear and respect in those who are present, and at the same time we feel attracted to him.   

v  The sacred author wants to tell us how great God is, how different from us.   

v  The white color is always associated with God, maybe because we say that God is light and the color closest to the light is the white color.   

v  Fire is also an element present in the theophany  or manifestations of God. The fire is powerful, strong;  through this signs we are reminded  that God is Almighty.     

v  Daniel  keeps contemplating the vision, and he sees someone  like a son of man, that means  human but at the same time   participating of the divine being.   

v  This  son of man comes in the clouds. In the book of Genesis, after the flood God makes peace with the human race and the sign of this peace is the rainbow which he hangs on the clouds.  On those days when people were fighting against each other in war, when they wanted to end the war and make peace they would hang their bow at the entrance of their tents. 

v  What a wonderful and beautiful image of peace and beauty  is the rainbow.   

v  This son of man receives all authority and sovereignty.   

v  It is the image of  Jesus risen and glorified.   

v  Yes Jesus receives our praise and our love.    

 Responsorial Psalm. Ps. 96:1-2.5-6.9

R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.  

Ø  This psalm is the response to the first reading and gives the same message about the majesty of God.   

Ø  But it mentions also the “gods.” Who or what are our gods

GOSPEL- Mt 17: 1-9
    The narration of the transfiguration is found in the three synoptic gospels.  

*     Jesus takes three of his disciples to a mountain; the mountain is the symbol of the closeness of God. If God lives in heaven beyond the blue sky which we see, naturally that the high mountains will take us closer to the abode of God.  

*     And there in the mountain, Jesus shows to them the true abode of God, God himself; Jesus who is the only begotten son of the Father.   

*     The author of the Gospel describes the Jesus, with all the signs we use to describe God in the theophany of the Old Testament.     

*      In this so beautiful vision two characters of the Old Testament the prophet Elijah and the legislator Moses appear besides Jesus speaking with him.  

*     Jesus had told his disciples and the people that he had not come to abolish the law and the prophets.    

*     For the Jews what we call the Old Testament is called the Law=Torah=the first five books of the Bible which we call the Pentateuch; and all the other books are the Prophets. 

*     The Law which they believed was written by Moses.   

*     Here the Law and the Prophets are dialoguing with Jesus about what he is going to suffer.   

*     Jesus enters into a dialogue with the law, not only in this occasion but through his entire ministry. He has tried by all possible means to help us understand the law, that is, to make us understand the real being of God, not the god we have made according to our convenience.   

*     And Jesus dialogues with the prophets, that is, with the characters of the Old Testament who spoke to the people about God and about the need to be faithful.  

*     The disciples are happy; overwhelmed with joy, as we are when we have an experience of God. 

*     And Peter speaks in the name of all “Lord, it is good to be here! If you want, we will build three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.   

*     At that moment the voice of the Father was heard. He repeats the same words He said at the Jordan when his son Jesus was baptized “Here is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, listen to him” 

*     Jesus is the beloved son of the Father, all his joy, and God calls us as a community to become the image of the Son “listen to Him”.   

*     All of us when we have an experience of God, of the supernatural, we wish it last long, forever o that it may be repeated, but the Lord says to us “Rise and do not fear.”

SECOND READING  : 2 P  1: 16-19

Ø  Peter remembers in this letter the unforgettable experience of the transfiguration.   

Ø  And thus he explains it to the faith community.  

Ø  And Peter tells us that besides his words which he has shared with us we have the experience and testimony of the prophets to encourage us and help us to grow in our faith.     
Peter, the prophets and many others have shared with us their experience of God, the experience of the change they have undergone in their life and they encourage us to do the same. What has our experience been? Are we ready to share it with others?  

…and it seemed that it had its resting place and dwelling in the center of the Sacred Heart of my God and Lord.     I say  «in the center of my God’s Heart»,  because it did not seem to me that God was in my heart, but I saw as if myself, body and soul, was within the Sacred Heart of my God and Lord.  . (Venerable María Antonia París, Foundress of the Claretian Missionary Sisters. Report to Caixal 9).

O my God, I give you my word that I shall do this: I shall preach, write, and circulate good books and pamphlets in abundance, so as to drown evil in a flood of good.(St. Anthony Mary Claret, Founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters.  Autobiographya 453).


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