Bishop Duncan Tsoke’s Homily on the Feast of the Transfiguration

Bishop Duncan Tsoke – Auxiliary of Johannesburg Archdiocese

 The feast we celebrate today is a commemoration of the fact that Jesus literally revealed His glory to three of the apostles. He took them up a mountain and was transfigured before them. He became dazzling white and radiant with glory. This was an important image for them to have in their minds in preparation for the very real image of the suffering and the death Jesus was about to undergo…

As I was preparing today’s reflection I wondered how our three leaders elected on Saturday would go up the mountain and come back and relate their story of new mission to the rest of us? How would it be like? Are we ready to be transformed by their prophetic voice? Are we ready to be inspired and be challenged by their new vision? Are we ready to open our minds as we reach out to those who are on the margins of our society?

In his book of Divine Renovation, ‘From a maintenance to a missional Parish’, Fr James Mallon who is already in South Africa, discusses the essential role of leadership and says, “If we are to truly recall the lost identity of our church, to throw off the shackles of an inwardly focused, self-referential maintenance church, we need leaders. If the church has to move and being missionary demands movement, we need leaders”. We need leaders who understand the role of leading from within who understand the significance of today’s feast.

One lesson we should take from this feast is the fact that the glory of Jesus was not lost on the cross. Sure, his suffering and pain was made manifest at that time, but it doesn’t change the fact that his glory was still just as real while he suffered on the cross.

The same is true in our lives. We are blessed beyond measure and God still desires to transform our souls in to glorious beacons of light and grace. When he does this, we must strive to constantly see it. And when we suffer or face some cross, we must never take our eyes off the glorious things he has done in our souls.

David Haas in his song, ‘We are called’, says, “We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly, we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God”. In addition to David’s song we are called to support the three wise leaders of our conference as we move forward.

Many blessings on this feast day to you all.

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