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August 06, 2010

For the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14
2 Peter 1:16-19
Luke 9:28-36

The roots of the Biblical word “exodus” mean literally “the way out.”
Moses and Elijah, hundreds of years before Christ, had each gone on an exodus to stand before the face of God upon the heights of Sinai.
Now we see them standing on a mountain in the glory of the Lord Jesus.
Moses was of the tribe of Levi.
At Sinai, Moses was the middleman— the ritual priest— of the living God’s Covenant with the twelve tribes of Israel more than one thousand and two hundred years before Christ.
Beginning with Moses at Sinai, God chose the tribe Levi for the priesthood.
Elijah, whose tribe we do not know, was one of the greatest prophets.
Four hundred years or so after Moses, the people of God turned to idols, leaving Elijah as the lone prophet demanding they turn back to the living God and his covenant with them.
Moses the priest of the Sinai covenant, and Elijah its faithful prophet— these two men now stand in the glory of the Lord Jesus.
They speak with him about his exodus by which he is to open the New and Everlasting Covenant.
The Lord Jesus is of the tribe of Judah, the tribe of the kings.
Moses priest and Elijah prophet stand before the King, “the Most High over all the earth” [see the responsorial psalm], who is also Priest and Prophet above them in all things and in all ways.
Peter, who “did not know what he was saying,” said it was good to be there with Moses and Elijah, and offered to pitch camp for them right there.
Straightaway, heaven stopped him.
A cloud shrouded them all, and inside it a voice said of the Lord Jesus that he was the chosen one.
It was right then that Moses and Elijah vanished.
For the New and Everlasting Covenant, God chose not Moses the priest nor Elijah the prophet, but his own Son born into Judah, the tribe of kings.
Peter was not to pitch tents to stay with Moses and Elijah in the ancient covenant.
Rather, Peter, John, James, all the apostles, and the whole Church are to go on an exodus with the Lord Jesus who is Priest, Prophet, and King in enacting the New and Everlasting Covenant.
At the end of our exodus we shall all be transfigured through and through.
The fulfillment of the New and Everlasting Covenant shall make us shine like the sun in soul and body, in all we do, touch, and make— as even the earthly, human, handmade clothing of the Lord Jesus became as dazzling light.
All our human reality, experience, body, feelings, thinking, choices, and activity shall be transfigured.
The transfiguration of the Lord Jesus calls us to listen to him, to follow him on exodus, and to pitch camp with him in his New and Everlasting Covenant by which he makes us in himself the royal tribe of the sons and daughters of God.
Even though the exodus of the Lord Jesus goes the way of the cross, we see that the heavenly Father has committed himself to clothe and fill his chosen ones with the light of his Son.
We profess our faith at every Sunday Mass that the Lord Jesus is “Light from Light,” and so we dare for ourselves to “look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.”

That God Be Glorified in All


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