Small Christian Community Faith Sharing
Please note that we put the following week’s Gospel passage in this space so you can prepare all week for proclamation of the Gospel the following Sunday. Faith Sharing helps ordinary people connect their faith with everyday life experiences.
Excerpt from the Gospel for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 6, 2017 – Matthew 17: 1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfogured before them; His face shone like the sun and His clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with Him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If You wish, I will make three tents here, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise and do not be afraid." And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone. As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, "Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
The Apostles were having trouble understanding Jesus' prediction of His passion. They just couldn't get it. Jesus was transfigured before them and His "face shone like the sun." Moses and Elijah appeared and talked to Jesus about His Passover and passion. Then God the Father spoke from a bright cloud. All this surprised and frightened the disciples. Jesus touched them and comforted them. Jesus is available to us to help us understand His will for us so we can truly follow Him. The Transfiguration is also the 4th Luminous Mystery of the Rosary; meditating on this mystery can help us follow God's will.
Questions for Reflection and Sharing:
1. What is God saying to me in this Gospel passage?
2. What word or phrase in this Gospel speaks to me?
3. What word or phrase in the Reflection resonates with me?