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Ibrch10,1995 ....__ The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 11 -- Commentary- The transfiguration of Jesus: The exodus of Jesus aGsP el commentary for erally from Mark's Greek, "meta- reh 12, 1995, Second Sunday morphosed." We know that Luke of Lent, Cycle C, Luke 9:28b-36. was aware of Greek literature of his The story of Jesus' transfigura- tion is found in Mark, Matthew and L.he story is the same in basic . e, but Luke and Matthew make SOme changes in the Marcan We are concerned with It is Luke who makes changes. Even the intro- Mark SIX days Jesus and James and and led them up a themselves, and he was them." Luke writes: "Now about t THESE SAYINGS he took with JOHN and JAMES and went up on PRAY. And as he was PRAYING, OF HIS FACE WAS ALTERED." capitalized. the "EIGHT days." No one seems to be satisfactorily explain this change. Luke may a post-resurrection appearance of on a tradition now found in the Gospel Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection. Luke's "after an attempt to clarify Mark and story a more definite set- of the cross. "These sayings" statements about following death, and the glory resulting from reverse order of John and more important role John plays Second book, Acts of Apostles. eXPress the change that came over Jesus' Mark used the word "transfigured," lit- By FATHER DONALD DILGER COLUMNIST time. A contemporary literary work was a book by Ovid called "Meta- morphosis. "At the end of the book Julius Caesar is metamorphosed or changed into a god. One wonders if Luke is trying to avoid a compari- son of Jesus' glorified appearance with that of Ovid's Julius Caesar. Thus Luke writes: "the appearance of his face was altered." Peter, John, and James are se- lected from among the others to ac- company Jesus primarily because these three disciples accompanied Jesus in Mark's version, something Mark did for his own reasons. Mark's reasons for including .them do not fit Luke's theology. However, he may have in mind what he expresses in his second book, Acts of Apostles, that Peter and John were the major witnesses to Jesus' resurrection, while James was the first to witness to Jesus by martyrdom. In Luke's theology the transfiguration is a preliminary glimpse of Jesus' glory in the resurrection. The transfiguration-res- urrection is" a preparation for their witnessing to Jesus. Besides the three disciples there are two other witnesses of Jesus' glory, Moses and Elijah. We may assume that their chief purpose is to impress upon readers and hearers of the story that Moses (the Law) and Elijah (the prophets) bear witness to Jesus. Luke states this more clearly in the words of Jesus after the resurrection: "And beginning with Moses and all the prophets he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself," and "everything written in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." In early Christian theology Jesus was the ultimate fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures, our Old Tes- tament. To what specific matter in the Scriptures does Luke refer? The answer is in the conversation be- tween Jesus and the two heavenly witnesses, "who appeared in glory and SPOKE OF HIS EXODUS which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem." Moses and Elijah were speaking with Jesus about his suf- feting, death, and resurrection, precisely what they had spoken about in the Hebrew Scriptures, at least according to the theology of early Christian- ity. Luke gets more specific about the subject of their conversation when the voice from heaven says: "This is my Son, my CHOSEN! Listen to him!" The word "chosen" is important because Luke lifts it from the Old Testament Servant Songs, Isa- iah 42:1, songs or poems that describe the suffering and exaltation of God's chosen servant. All four gospels include the Servant Songs of Isaiah as wit- nesses to Jesus. The major point Luke seems to be making for his Christian community and for us is in the words: "Listen to him!" In the sequence of events in our gospels Jesus has just made the first of three pre- dictions of his suffering, death, and resurrection. This was followed by four statements about the dif- ficult path of those who choose to follow Jesus. They must take up the cross daily. It could cost them their life. If they are ashamed of Jesus and his words, he will be ashamed of them in his glory. Finally the Luc'an Jesus assures those who follow him that they will "see the kingdom of God." Paul said it best: "I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us." Readings: Genesis 15:5.12, 17.18; Philippi. ans 3:17-4:1. % :R & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 Catholic Campus Ministry Diocese of Evansville (IN) is accepting resumes for the position: Director, Catholic Campus or two campus locations through March 31, 1995. Sful candidate will be an active and professed d will have a demonstrated aptitude of Per- and professional Ministerial and pastoral a candidate with a Master's Degree in Iogy (or related area) is preferred, a candidate Degree and a strong academic (in Catholic and/or experiential background in Catholic Campus Will be Considered. Direct inquiries to: Campus Minister Search Committee clo Ms. Marcella Meredith P.O. Box 4169 Evansville, IN 47724-0169 SIC MINISTER Music Minister sought by y Catholic parish in small Indiana town. Liturgy, Min- Training, organ (New Holtkamp Vocal and choral skills re- Degree in Music/Liturgy or In appreciation The Father Lawrence A. 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