August 6 - Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Transfiguration

August 2nd, 2017

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First Reading  Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 

The prophet Daniel describes his vision of one like the Son of Man who received dominion from God.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,9

A Song of Praise to God our King

 

Second Reading  2 Peter 1:16-19

Peter says that the voice heard from Heaven confirmed the truth of his testimony about Christ.

 

Gospel Reading

Matthew 17:1-9

 

The transfiguration of Jesus offers the disciples an ever fuller glimpse of who Jesus is and what he will do. The shadow of the Cross and the imminent suffering and death were always before the eyes of Jesus. The disciples too must become sharers in His Cross. The transfiguration experience provided them an extraordinary strength to face the future. The disciple who witnessed the heavenly glory must also witness his earthly agony at Gethsemane. That is the same for us: suffering and glory are both a call and a gift.