August 4, 2023 | Source & Summit
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Transfigure, by Dr. Jan Richardson. COURTESY OF DR. JAN RICHARDSON

Source & Summit: The Feast of The Transfiguration of the Lord

(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it.  The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11

Source & Summit is a new feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of The Parish. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace. Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.


Sunday, August 6, 2023: 

The Feast of The Transfiguration of the Lord


Daniel 7:9—10, 13—14

Psalm 97:1—2, 5—6, 9

2 Peter 1:16–19

Matthew 17:1—9


The authors of Matthew, Mark and Luke all chose to include the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus in their gospels.  The primary elements in each of the story’s retelling are the same:  Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up a high mountain with him and is transfigured.  A voice calls from a cloud, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

Christians in Syria began celebrating this feast in the fifth century, and its observance spread over the next thousand years to the whole Church.   This feast is so important in our liturgical calendar that it replaces the regular readings for Ordinary Time when it occurs on a Sunday (like today). The special Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer that the priest prays in our name on this day recalls that Jesus revealed his glory to his disciples to strengthen them for the coming cross.

Christians in many countries have adopted the custom of taking grapes to church for a blessing at Eucharist on this day.  The grapes are luscious this time of year here, so add some to your meal plan today.

-Michael Bogdan


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