Two-Minute Homily by Fr Minje Kim for the Feast of the Transfiguration 2023.
“Can you feel the transfigured Jesus and his eagerness today to meet us, to give courage and strength?”
- Two-Minute Homily Transcript
Two-Minute Homily TranscriptAuthor: Archdiocese of Brisbane
Jesus’s face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus. A bright cloud enveloped the disciples, casting a shadow over them. The story of the Transfiguration of the Lord sounds mythical. But, today’s gospel story is not a myth but a part of the Good News.
Myth often revolves around the display of a hero’s power. Yet, the Transfiguration of the Lord transcends this notion. Yes, it reveals Jesus’s divine power, but it also showcases the profoundly human side of Jesus. Jesus did not get transfigured alone. Instead, Jesus opened himself to his disciples. Jesus also sensed Peter, James and John’s fear, as the three of them could not look at Jesus. However, our Lord did not abandon the three men in fear. He approached and touched them to console them. Subsequently, the three disciples found only Jesus,
that is to say, they finally and completely could look at Jesus. This is the point at which the disciples also got transfigured by the grace of the transfigured Lord. The Lord allowed the three men to be transfigured with a sense of consolation and of peace.
The Word of God today clearly tells us that Jesus’ transfiguration is also for us, because we all are invited to get transfigured along with our Lord. But the Word of God is asking us where would be our own Mt Tabor on which we would get transfigured by our Lord. It could be our own challenge or weakness. But can you feel the transfigured Jesus and his eagerness today to meet us, to give courage and strength? What sort of desire you would express to him today on your own Mt Tabor.