Gn 12:1-4a; Ps 33; 2 Tm 1:8b-10; Matt 17:1-9

Our faith tells us that we are loved into existence: that we are held in that love, sustained, nurtured and returned to the fullness of that love at the end of our pilgrimage here on earth.

The story of the Transfiguration reminds me that each and every one of us is on a journey in which we are to hear God say, again and again, “Behold, you are my beloved child in whom I am well pleased.” These are words of love, God’s love for us — words that give shape, direction, meaning and vibrancy to our lives and to who we are — leading us always more deeply into the life, love and heart of God.

While still confused and misunderstanding Jesus, three disciples in wonder and fear witness his transformation and hear a voice from the heavens say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” Jesus then touches them and tells them not to fear. When they raise their eyes, they are left with and see only Jesus.

With the eyes of our heart focused on Him along our own life journey – especially when the grip of fear, anxiety, doubt and even sin would throw us off the path — we, too, are to hear the words “You are my beloved child in whom I delight.” We need only let His love embrace every most hidden part of us to realize the ongoing transformation that makes us God’s beloved children.

Thomas D. McMurray, S.J.
Member of the Holy Cross Jesuit Community
Director of Mission & Identity, Nativity School of Worcester