Today’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On the mount of transfiguration Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem.
We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today’s liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter.
Readings and Psalms
- Exodus 24:12-18
Moses enters the cloud of God’s glory on Mount Sinai
- Psalm 2
You are my son; this day have I begotten you. (Ps. 2:7)
- Psalm 99 (alternate)
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord; worship upon God’s holy hill. (Ps. 99:9)
- 2 Peter 1:16-21
The apostle’s message confirmed on the mount of transfiguration
- Matthew 17:1-9
Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son