Fr. Sanctus Mario
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To experience Our Transfiguration. Saturday 6th Week Ordinary Time of the Year

Breakfast With the Word Saturday 6th Week Ordinary Time of the Year


Mark 9:2-13.






 The Greek word for “transfiguration” is metemorphothe, from which we get the word metamorphosis. We use it to describe the change that occurs when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The gospel of today narrates to us how Jesus transfigured on the mountain. The Transfiguration experience today simply explains that there was a change in the appearance of Jesus today. 

In essence, transfiguration indicates an attitude of change, a total transformation and experience of inner conversion. Therefore, by meditating on the transfiguration of Jesus today, we also envisage the way to experience our transfiguration. We experience the way to change for the better and the means to transform and change our former lives.


 In today’s gospel, Jesus transforms from what He uses to be to another form of appearance that is more dazzling. 

Jesus’ “face shines like the sun, and his clothes become dazzling in white.” 

It is in this experience that God the Father reveals the identity, mission of Jesus and then His expectation from the disciples. 

Therefore, to experience our transfiguration, to experience a change in our lives, let us grab some points from today’s gospel.


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 1. Out of Many but Few.


One question we have to ask today is where are the other apostles? Why did Jesus go out with only a few? And sometimes whenever Jesus wants to have an encounter, He will leave the crowd to stay alone. 

Today, He takes the three who have significant roles to play in the growth of the Church. Jesus explained their roles in John 21:15-25. James was the first murdered and John the last to die. Peter became the leader of the Church.

Here, Jesus teaches us that if we need a change, we do not need to be swallowed in the crowd. 

We have to walk out of the many like the woman with the issue of blood in Matthew 9:20-22. Then journey with those who can have a significant impact on us.


In the journey of spirituality, choose wisely those who can make positive impact in your lives. Every person must not be your friend. Always learn to go with the few.



 2. Always Go to the Light.


In today’s gospel, the real identity of Jesus was revealed. First, is that Jesus is the Light of the World. Therefore, to transfigure, Jesus became in the form of light and was dazzling. He shows the world, who He is; the light of the world.

Before the gospel of today which is in Mark 9, we see In Mark 8: 27-30, when Jesus was asking His apostles “who do people say I am”.


So today, in Mark 9 Jesus then reveals who He truly is through the transfiguration.


Let us not forget that in John 1:5, John says that He is the light that shines in the darkness, and which darkness cannot overcome.

 In John 8:12, Jesus personally says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Secondly, Jesus is the Word that made Flesh. Jesus fulfils the law and the words of the prophets. The presence of Moses (represents the law) and Elijah ( represents the prophets) confirms this. These are two of the most important figures of the Old Testament.

Finally, the Father confirms Him again to be His true beloved Son. So, today, the real identities of Jesus are revealed.  

Therefore, in today’s gospel, God is revealing to us that If we need light, if we want our lives to shine even in the midst of darkness, we need Jesus. To meet Jesus is to meet the light. 

This reminds us of Moses at Sinai. After his encounter with God, Moses’ face shines so brightly that the people were frightened, and Moses had to wear a veil over his face (Exodus 34:29-35).


So if we want our spiritual life to change, if we want to experience our transfiguration, If we need change, if we need light in our lives, family, in whatever we do, Let us go to Jesus. Only He can make our star shine. To meet Jesus is to meet light. He will make us shine again.



3. Listen to Him.



While Peter was still speaking” The voice of God interrupts Peter. He says “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him”.

Here, God repeats his words at Jesus’ baptism (3:17), but now adding “listen to him.” 

What do we get from there? Peter speaks out of his human understanding and then God gives a command to listen to the One who He sends to save us from sin. He is already the fulfilment of the law and the words of the prophet. Jesus is the Word that becomes flesh (John 1:14). 



Therefore, to transfigure, let us listen to the gospel and follow whatever Jesus says. Let us not be misled by the words of men who speak out of worldly inclinations, men who conjure things up out of their human understanding. Jesus should be our guide. 



To be fully transformed, we must pay attention to Jesus. The demand on the mountain to “Listen to Him” is a command and not probable. That was the actual direction from the Blessed Virgin Mary at the wedding at Cana to “do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). Obedience to this command is the secret of change, miracle, healing, and total transformation.

To experience our transfiguration, let us then take the word of God very serious.



 4. Be not Afraid.


On hearing the voice of God, the disciples fell on the ground and became extremely afraid. Because of fear they didn’t know again what truly happened and how Moses and Elijah disappeared. 

This is an experience that would have given them the joy to observe but fear couldn’t give them a chance.


This is also how fear has made many of us limit our potentials. 

We have lost glorious opportunities because of fear of the unknown, fear of mistakes and fear of what people will say. To transfigure, we need to conquer our fear.


To experience a total transfiguration, to experience our transfiguration, we must eschew fear, negative mental attitudes, worry, faithlessness and daily complaining. We must learn how to exercise our faith and not our fear.



 5 Only With Jesus.



In Matthew’s account (Matthew 17:1-9), the touch of Jesus woke up the apostles from fear. Therefore, to wake up from our slumber, to rise from our comfort zones we need His daily touch. We need this also to conquer our daily fears. Let us always open ourselves to Him.

Secondly, when they looked up, they didn’t see any person except Jesus. A sign that the prophets and patriarchs and all created things bear witness to Jesus. We then need to walk and encounter Him daily, to conquer our fears and for total transformation. 



Therefore, to experience His divine touch, we need daily contact with Him. To experience our transfiguration, we need to confess our sins and make relationship with Jesus part of us.



We need to remain close to Jesus for the sanctification of our souls. When we encounter Jesus, we meet total transformation and liberation of our souls. Therefore to meet Jesus is to meet light, change, and divine upliftment.





May God bless you and help us to change from our evil ways to good. May we encounter Jesus daily in our lives, Amen.



  1. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  2. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Oh Lord, shine brighter in my life & destiny 🙏🙏🙏🙏



  4. Munachimso onuoha says


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  8. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen. May His face shine on us always

  9. Igwe Lilian says

    Amen ooo, I seriously need this change, O the light of the world pls help me

  10. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Father.

  11. Adeline Chidimma says

    Father may I encounter you everyday in my life through Christ Our Lord Amen

  12. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus

  13. Ifeoma N says

    May we always hunger to be in your presence daily as to experience our own transformation, Amen

  14. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says


  15. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen 🙏

  16. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you father for the encouragement, this was really for me.

  17. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, thanks Padre, God bless you abundantly. Amen

  18. Adichie Chizoba says

    Amen. Lord I need your Light to lead me through.

  19. Ada Ndubuisi says


  20. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen…… Let your light shine upon me, Lord… Amen

  21. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Lord Jesus Christ, you are the light that illumines my path. Amen

  22. Mirian igwe says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  23. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre, this highly encouraging!

  24. Mrs Henrietta onyejike says

    How do I reach this light Jesus? How do I get his touch

  25. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus for I know that as you draw me closer to you, I will never remain the same.

  26. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen. I have decided to follow Jesus.

  27. Michael Jones says

    Amen.thank you father

  28. Okwuchi Juliet says


  29. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen 🙏

  30. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  31. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  32. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    My Beloved Jesus, I do not understand many things just like the three Apostles who were with You during Your transfiguration. Enlighten me, Lord. Let me listen more to You so that my faith may grow deeper, and I can see beyond apparent happenings to a more spiritual reality. May I be transformed through my daily personal encounter with You so I’ll ever remain close to You. Amen! Thank you, Padre. I’ll ever remain indebted to you.

  33. James Mailoushi says


  34. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Thank you Padre

  35. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen.Thanks father.

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