Daily Reflection on the Gospel of Saturday, August 6, 2022

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Today, while pondering the Transfiguration, we can sense man’s situation in Heaven. What interests us the most is considering the spontaneous reaction of those "earthly partners" in that scene. Once again, it is Simon Peter who takes the floor: "Master, it is good that we are here." It is wonderful to see that, only by looking at the body of Christ in a glorious mood, Peter feels fully happy: he does not need anything else.

"Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Peter’s reaction shows the truest expression of love: he thinks no more of his own comfort; he wants to experience that level of deep joy that comes from seeking the good for others —in this case, taking it in a very human direction: making a shelter! It is the clearest manifestation of true love: I am happy because I make you happy; I am happy by offering myself for your happiness.

Besides, the fact that Simon intuitively recognizes Moses and Elijah, is very revealing. Peter, logically, knew about them, but had never seen them (they had lived centuries earlier!) yet, he identifies them immediately, as if he had always known them. Here is an example of the high degree of knowledge of man in Heaven: when looking at God "face to face", man will experience an unimaginable expansion of his knowledge —a much more profound participation in the Truth. Saint John Paul II said: “Divinization in the other world will bring to the human spirit a range of experience in truth and love to such an extent as man would never have been able to attain in earthly life.”

Finally, when Simon sees Moses and Elijah, he not only accepts them instantly, but also loves them immediately —he thinks of putting up a tent for each one of them; Saint Peter, the first Pope of the Church and also a fisherman, expresses his love in a simple way. Saint Teresa, nun and Doctor of the Church, expressed the logic of love in a profound way: “The contentment of pleasing the other exceeds my own contentment.”