Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration. The key to understanding the meaning of this unique episode in Jesus’ earthly ministry is Peter’s odd reaction to it.
Preached on August 6, 2023 at St. Peter’s Lithgow, Millbrook, New York.
The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12 - 4:2; Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
Questions for reflection and discussion:
1. Describe Peter’s odd reaction to the Transfiguration.
2. Peter’s mistake was to presume ____________ among Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.
3. This episode in Our Lord’s life shows that Jesus is in a ____________ by Himself.
4. After speaking with God, the face of Moses ____________.
5. As the lawgiver, Moses stands ____________. The people ____________ him and their obedience must be commanded.
6. Paul says that the minds of the Israelites were made ____________ and that a ____________ covers them when the law is read.
7. Explain why modesty is a component part of true religion.
8. Explain why boldness is a component part of being a follower of Christ.
9. What does the Transfiguration teach us about the validity of other religions?
10. As inspiring the glory of the world is, it is only a ____________ glory. Christians have seen the ____________ glory of God in Jesus Christ.
11. True and lasting community is based on a shared ____________ in Jesus Christ.
12. Moses and Elijah standing with Jesus proves that no one who is in Christ is ever ____________.
Parents and Grandparents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents or the minister after church. Older Children – Do one or more of the following: 1) Count how many times glory is mentioned. 2) Look up the word equality. Look up the work hierarchy. Discuss with your parents whether we live in a world of equality or a world of hierarchy.
(1) he wants to build three tents; (2) equality; (3) category; (4) shines; (5) apart/fear; (6) dull/veil; (7) because God stands alone and apart from His creatures; (8) because Christians see Christ’s glory, hope for a share in it, and are eager to come close to God; (9) other religions cannot be equated with the Catholic faith; (10) reflected/original; (11) faith; (12) lost