The Mountain and the Cross | One-Minute Homily

by | Aug 6, 2023 | One-Minute Homily, Videos

We can’t always be in a spiritual high, but these moments can motivate us as we continue on our journey. William Manaker, SJ, reflects on the experience of the Transfiguration. Based on the readings for the Feast of the Transfiguration.

Spiritual highs feel great, but we can’t always stay there.

Hi, my name is William Manaker, and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

In the Gospel for today’s feast of the Transfiguration, Peter wants to stay with Jesus on the mountain. Jesus appears in glory, and he even speaks to Moses and Elijah. He is clearly the Son of the Father. So Peter asks if he can pitch some tents, to prolong the moment.

But Jesus can’t stay on the mountain with Peter, James, and John. He has work to do in Jerusalem, where he will suffer, die, and rise from the dead. The apostles need this moment for future strength, but they also need to follow Jesus to Jerusalem.

As disciples, we need both the moments on the mountain, the spiritual highs when we feel particularly close to God, but we also need to go out and work with Jesus, to walk with him to Jerusalem.



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