Reading: Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
As they were coming down from the mountain,
the disciples asked Jesus,
“Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.”
Then the disciples understood
that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
During this week, we had been reflecting in the figure of John Baptist and today is not the exception. In today’s gospel, we found Jesus, Peter, James, and John following the experience of the transfiguration, where they experience the glorious splendor of Jesus as son of God. During the transfiguration, Peter, James, and John saw Moses, representing the law, and Elijah, representing the prophetic tradition, speaking with Jesus, showing that in the person of Jesus the law and the prophecy is truly fulfilled.
Coming down from the mountain, the disciples questioned Jesus about the scribes’ belief about Elijah having had to come before the messiah, and Jesus reaffirmed this belief in the figure of John the Baptist. The image of Elijah in this gospel is seen as the person who was needed to prepare and light the way as John did.
Today’s readings help us to reflect in the preparation that we are taking for the coming of our Lord, no only during this advent season for the celebration of Christmas, but also for the second coming of Christ as we profess and believe. Jesus’ core of preaching was founded in his personal relationship of pure and immeasurable love with God the father and his brothers and sisters. Love was the base of his commandment and now it has become our rule of life.
– Fr. Julian Londono
Today, let us take sometime to listen to the word of God and prepare the way for Jesus. Let us be one in his love. Today, let us take some extra time to express the love that we feel for others. Let us take this time to forgive others and ourselves, to heal our wounds and sorrows. Today, let us build the Kingdom of God.