Introducing the Readings

First Reading: Exodus34:29–35

In our first reading we hear how Moses’ face shone after he had spoken with the Lord.When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after again receiving the ten commandments, the people were afraid to approach him because of the radiance of his face. Whenever he talked with the people, he had to wear a veil.

Psalm: Psalm99

The holy and mighty Lord reigns on high. God spoke to Israel’s leaders from a pillar of cloud and has forgiven them their misdeeds.

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians3:12–4:2

In our New Testament reading Paul celebrates the freedom and boldness that comes to believers through Christ.Moses veiled his face when leaving the Lord’s presence, but now the veil is removed and open access is given to God in Jesus. The Spirit brings transformation through God’s mercy, therefore right conduct and transparency are to characterize the dealings of God’s people, commending themselves to all with clear conscience.

Gospel: Luke9:28–36 Our gospel is the story of Jesus’ transfiguration.The narrative is richly woven with themes and symbols drawn from Israel’s past and its hopes for the future. Moses and Elijah represent the law and the prophets whose promises Jesus fulfills. While Jesus is praying, divine glory is reflected in his human person. The chosen disciples hear a voice from the cloud declaring that this is God’s beloved Son.[1]

[1]Frederick Borsch and George Woodward, Introducing the Lessons of the Church Year, Third Edition (New York; Harrisburg, PA; Denver: Morehouse Publishing, 2009), 79.