Reading I: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Responsorial: Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
Reading II: 2 Peter 1:16-19
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus was a very practical man. He knew what was in front of him and he knew human weakness. In this event, Jesus is trying to prepare his apostles for what is going to happen and hoping that having seen him in his glory they shall be able to hold on to their faith. The Transfiguration, for Peter, James and John is the same as one of those moments when we are lying in bed and we realize from somewhere deep in our being that everything is all right with the world. Or it is like the time we look at a mountain and see the finger of God drawing the landscape. These times, when God touches our hearts and makes us feel secure, are meant to prepare us for the desert experiences of our lives.
We can return to them in our minds and remember that God is with us. Life is a series of ups and downs. Jesus knew this and as any good friend would do - he tried to prepare his friends for what lay ahead.