The Transfiguration of the Lord
Malvern Minute


The Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

Second Peter 1:16-19

Matthew 17:1-9


Today the church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.  It is the day Jesus revealed His spiritual and Godly essence in physical form to three of His apostles.  His revelation, and God the Father’s voice from the clouds, cemented the faith (even though it was tested later) of His three companions that Jesus truly was the chosen One of God.

Each year when I reflect on these reading I find Peter’s words, in our first reading, resonate with a different meaning than perhaps they have had in the past.  He urges the crowd to be attentive to his eyewitness and prophetic message, as they would pay attention to a lamp in a dark place.  He suggests that their attention should last “until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”  This beautiful message of faith says that faithful attention may not bear immediate fruit, but that if you keep focused on the lamp that shines continuously, a dawn will come and the morning star will rise again in your heart.  Without night there cannot be a dawn, or a morning star, and so periods of darkness are part of our human experience.

Sisters and brothers, we all go through periods of ups-and-downs, when things don’t seem to come together the way we believe they should.  Our faith in God is often tested and our belief in the “rightness” of what we are doing and how we are living our lives are often challenged.  Peter himself experienced these challenges; the walk on water, the three denials in the courtyard, and yet he kept his eyes on the lamp that was the “Transfigured Christ.”  Peter was an eyewitness, and still strayed.  We don’t have the personal experiences and memories that Peter did, and so it is much harder for us to “keep the faith.”  At times we can feel the morning star rise in our heart, but then it slips away into the dark reality of our human existence, only to “rise” again later.

One thing that helps when if feel a bit disconnected is to reflect on the many times when I felt the “dawning.”  When I think of the good that God has done through me during my life, it reassures me that the morning star has indeed risen for me. 

Question of the Day:  How will you keep your eyes on the light of the lamp as you wait for the morning star to rise in your heart?

Prayer:  “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.”  (Matthew 17:5C.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.







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