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Two fa­mous char­ac­ters – Moses and Eli­jah – were seen con­vers­ing with Je­sus in the trans­fig­u­ra­tion. What is their sig­nif­i­cance? Moses rep­re­sented the Old Covenant Law, while Eli­jah stood for the prophets. Pow­er­ful as the roles these two fig­ures may have played in sal­va­tion his­tory, their great­ness pales in com­par­i­son to Je­sus. They were in the scene, as al­ways, to serve the Son of God.

Je­sus is the ful­fill­ment of both the Law and the Prophets. Ev­ery­thing be­fore him was a mere shadow of his re­al­ity. The writer of He­brews de­clares, “In times past, God spoke in par­tial and var­i­ous ways to our an­ces­tors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through a son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he cre­ated the uni­verse, who is the re­ful­gence of his glory, the very im­print of his be­ing, and who sus­tains all things by his mighty word” (He­brews 1:1-3a).

Just like all oth­ers, this Sun­day’s read­ings de­mand cer­tain re­sponses. Do we, like Abra­ham in the First Read­ing, re­spond in faith to God’s seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble prom­ises? Do we, like the psalmist, trust in Je­sus as our Sav­ior? Do we, like St. Paul in the Sec­ond Read­ing, trea­sure our hope in heaven as our fi­nal and eter­nal des­ti­na­tion? And do we, like Je­sus in the Gospel, look for­ward to our own trans­fig­u­ra­tion, but never stay­ing on the moun­tain­top but com­ing down to ful­fill our mis­sion in this world?

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