Elevator Pitch: Jesus equipped Peter and the other disciples with all that the would need to spread the Gospel, in this hand-over James, John, and Peter join Jesus on top of a mountain where things turn bright white, God speaks from the heavens and things get a little crazy. The CCC defends Jesus for causing such a stir among the religious, social, and political leaders of the day. This podcast wraps up with a look into who is at “fault” for Jesus’ trial, sentencing and crucifixion – as it turns out, anyone who has ever sinned is at fault and get this… Jesus died so that we all might be forgiven. Everyone. No exceptions.
The Pitch from Center Field:
The readings this week start with Jesus ordaining Peter with the keys to heaven, the power to bind and loose, and charges him with the task of feeding his sheep. As Jesus prepares for his crucifixion he takes Peter, James, and John up to the mountain for a meeting with Elijah and Moses and there he is transfigured to dazzling white and the voice of God declares Jesus’ divinity and authority saying “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: “On the threshold of the public life: the baptism; on the threshold of the Passover: the Transfiguration.” The Catechism goes on then to discuss Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem which wraps up article three, His birth and life. Now on to Article 4 as we move through the Profession of Faith: Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
This, while it’s the most difficult part of the Gospels for many reasons, is crucial to our fully appreciating the works of God and our salvation as his people. Paragraph 571… Click on the “page” links below to continue reading!