In last Sunday’s Gospel Jesus journeyed into the desert and was tempted by the devil. Today Jesus climbs a high mountain on which he is transfigured in front of his closest disciples. Whether isolated in the wilderness or accompanied by friends on a mountaintop, Jesus remains faithful to the will of God. May he be a model for us.
If last week’s readings centered on temptation, this week they coalesce around the theme of blessing. The reading from Genesis, though only four verses, uses the word “bless” or “blessing” five times. Next, Paul reminds Timothy of the blessings God bestowed on us through Christ Jesus. Finally, we witness the Transfiguration, a visual manifestation of God’s blessing on Jesus. Let us listen today to God’s promised blessings.