Transfigured – disfigured

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In the Church’s calendar, today, August 6, is the Feast of the Transfiguration. It recalls the story recorded in the gospels (Matthew 17:1–9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28–36) of the glory of God being revealed in Jesus and witnessed by the disciples Peter, James and John. There we catch a glimpse of the fully human and fully divine Jesus who bridges the gap between humanity and God, through whom we draw close to God and God to us.

What a tragic irony it is that the Feast of the Transfiguration is also the date on which, 68 years ago, humanity was disfigured by the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Unlike on the Mount of Transfiguration, the blinding light provided not a glimpse of the glory of God but an indelible impression of the diabolical ingenuity of humankind as 140,000 people were killed as a result of the blast. Even more…

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