6 thg 8, 2017

Homily for Sunday of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A (August 6, 2017)


Sure Hope For The Life Of Glory
(see Mt 17:1-9)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Christians do believe that God made man as the unity of material body and spiritual soul.  The body belongs to the world of material which was born, is growing and will die.   
The soul is mere spirit and for this reason will never pass away.

The question full of anxiety and confusion is what happens when one day body and soul will go their ways.

Because it was made of the clay of the ground[1] the body will return to dirt.[2]  

The soul, on the contrary, came from God’s breath of life, so it will survive the law of nature on the life and death of all creatures.

After death, the soul leaves the body and goes back to God, its Creator, if throughout its journey on earth it has faithfully been serving Him Who is love and mercy.  The heavenly Master will say to him: “Well done, my good and faithful servant, come and share your master’s joy.”[3]  

What does faithful service of God mean?

It means a persevering commitment of children to doing the Holy Will of God with loving heart and caring mind, always looking for the glory of their heavenly Father, without asking for anything in return.  They do this simply out of a profoundly grateful heart for God’s great love convincingly realized in the life, teaching, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His Beloved Son, our Lord and Savior.

How to do the Holy Will of God?

Let us listen to Jesus:

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life.[4]

Why is faith in Jesus so important that man’s eternal life absolutely depends on it?

Because man was created after God’s image and given a share in His glory.  Man’s sin of disobedience  has broken the covenant with God.  Man was separated from God and has no hope for happy and unending life with Him.

God sent Christ Jesus into the world to save man from the evil consequences of sin of which death as eternal condemnation is the most frightening.

Jesus Christ was highly praised by God the Father as the only person who makes Him glad and proud because Jesus always says “yes” to His Heavenly Father:

This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.[5]

By keeping His determination to do the Holy Will of God, without fear of losing everything, even His own life, Jesus has restored the human dignity as God’s image, disfigured by sin.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The Transfiguration of Jesus reminds all of us of the truth that we do have the image of God in each and one of us.  This beautiful image has been hidden for a while because of our sin.  This noble image is still alive in each and one of us, no matter who we are.

The Transfiguration of Jesus helps us to be sure of this truth that one day the beautiful image of God will completely be restored and returned to each and one of us.

Let us try our best, as Jesus did, to make God, our heavenly Father, glad and proud of us if we take doing His Holy Will the first and foremost priority of our life. Amen


[1] See Gn 2:7.
[2] See Gn 3:19.
[3] See Mt 25:21.
[4] John 6:40.
[5] Mt 7:5.

Fr. Francis Nguyen Van Nhut. O.P.

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