Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Tabor vs Hiroshima

Jesus was transfigured and the disciples were so transfixed by the sight that Peter wanted to eternalize the moment. But then, Jesus was soon back to his normal appearance and they descended the mountain; but I believe the impact of the vision was so great that those three disciples didn’t look at him the same way as before. For they knew who he truly was. Couldn’t this be true of us as well? Every human being around us, despite their ordinary appearance, carries the hidden glory of God, the very image and likeness. If only we could see into them and eternalize it in our vision! We would then remove our sandals (cf. Ex 3:5) and walk with respect on the holy ground we share with them. But when this vision fails, we reduce the other to the kind of disfiguration at Hiroshima, the painful memory of which we ironically observe on this same day. [see the reflection on February 19]


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