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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

August 6th: Transfiguration of Our Lord (C)

Gospel text (Lk 9,28-36): Jesus took Peter, John and James and went up the mountain to pray. And while He was praying, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became dazzling white. Two men were talking with Jesus: Moses and Elijah (…). Peter said to him, «Master, how good it is for us to be here for we can make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah» (…).


Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench (Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, while pondering over the Transfiguration, we can sense man situation in Heaven. It is wonderful to see that, only by looking at the body of Christ in a glorious mood, Peter feels fully happy: he does not miss anything else.

“Let us put up three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah”. Peter’s reaction shows the truest dynamism of love: he thinks no more of his own comfort; he wants to save that level of deep joy, by seeking the good of others. It is the clearest manifestation of true love: I am happy because I make you happy; I am happy by offering me to your happiness. Simon, when seeing Moses and Elijah, not only accepts them instantly, but also loves them immediately (he thinks of putting up a shelter for each one of them).

—St. Peter, Pope (the first one of the Church), but also a fisherman, expresses his love in a simple way; St. Teresa of Jesus, nun, but Doctor (of the Church) expressed the logic of love in a profound way: “The contentment of pleasing the other exceeds my own contentment”.