First Reading: Gn 15: 5-12, 17-18
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 27:1, 7-9, 13-14
Second Reading: Phil 3:17-4:1
Gospel: Lk 9:28-36
We learn from the Old Testament that God made promises to his people. In today’s first reading, God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, and that the land from Egypt to the Euphrates River would be given to him and the people. These promises came to fruition. In Luke, through the Transfiguration, we behold the Lord’s glory—a manifestation of the glory to come, for us, as promised by God. We are also reminded by Paul that our citizenship is in heaven. Thus we are to stand firm in the faith, as Abraham did, as we await the fulfillment of God’s promises to us. God kept his promises in the past, and will keep his promises in the age to come. What promises has God made to me? How well am I standing firm in faith, awaiting their fulfillment?
Dear Lord, you are the fulfillment of our hearts’ desire. Guide us and strengthen us in faith as we await the day when your promised salvation is manifested. May the glory of your Transfiguration give us renewed hope of our eternal citizenship in heaven. Help us to trust your Word and the fullness of your love. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
April J. Boyle, Associate