Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/06

This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased

August 6

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased (Verse 5)

God the Father speaks the truth about the identity of Jesus.  He is His beloved son.  He is well pleased in Him. This is absolutely positive.  There is not even a trace of negativity.  Jesus hears this truth and has no self-doupt whatsoever.  He knows that He is the beloved son of His Father.  This helps Him to be completely independant and to act.  The consent or the denial of those around Him cannot interfere with His self-confidence.  He knows exactly who He is.


This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased


God speaks His truth into our lives as well.  He revealed His love for us.  We too know that we are not only His beloved creation, we are His beloved children.  Sadly, we often forget this truth.  In a direct contrast to Jesus, we are filled with self-doubt.  Unlike Jesus, our self-confidence often depends on the consent or denial of others.  Many of us believe in self-destructive lies; “Am I not strong enough? Am I not beautiful enough?  Will I be welcomed? Will I be a burden on others?  Is something else wrong with me?“ As we determined already, these are lies.  At some point we accepted them within us, because of the influence of others.  Without knowing it, we began to believe these lies.  Then they begin to dominate our inner self.  Of course, this will fill us with uncertainty  and self-doubt.  Therefore it is so important that we listen to the truth about our lives.

This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased


Everyone can let God speak this truth into their hearts.  (Women can substitute “son“ with “daughter“ here).  When we are troubled by fear, insecurity, and doubt, we can hold fast and ask:  What is the truth about my life?  God, what do you say about my life? What do you say about me?  And surely, deep in our hearts, his answer would be:


This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased


We can repeat this exercise often today.  For example: Let’s think about two lovers  who can’t grow tired of declaring their love for one another.  So we cannot hear enough from God: “You are my beloved Son, my beloved daughter; you bring me joy!“ We can also let the words of Zephaniah (3:17) speak to us: “He will renew you in his love, he will exult over you with loud singing, as on a day of festival.“







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