Luke 9:28-36 | Questions


///Luke 9:28-36 – Transfiguration

///Luke 9:28-36 – Transfiguration


Looking to the Future in
a Rearview Mirror

What do people fear about the future? Why do they harbor such fears?

As much as we are focused on the present moment, we Americans like to peer into the future. To see visions of what can be, to dream about what is possible. To let go of the baggage from the past, to feel the freedom of tomorrow. Of course, change means the instability of the unknown. So, we may no longer want to rush to the future. We may want to conserve what we have and what we understand.

The challenge of the future should give us pause. And a chance to pray. What challenges lie on your horizon this week? How have you placed them in prayer?




Studying God’s Word

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During Jesus’ prayer, he is transfigured so that his divine glory (usually veiled by his human flesh) is revealed, in a limited way, to these three Apostles. Their experience recalls the experience of Israel at another mountain (Sinai) where in a similar way God’s glory was seen and his voice heard (see Exodus 20:18-21 and Deuteronomy 5:24).

The presence of Moses and Elijah represent, respectively, the Jewish Law and Prophets whose voices Israel had always been urged to heed. Jesus, who is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, is God’s chosen Son; God’s voice tells us to “listen to him” (Luke9:35-36)


1. In the First Reading, why was Abram (later renamed Abraham by God) doubtful of God’s promises? Ultimately, upon what did Abram place his trust that God would fulfill the promises that he had made to make of Abram a great nation with innumerable descendents?

2. Why would Jesus take these three disciples to witness this event? How is this related to: (a) Peter’s confession (verses 18-20)? (b) Jesus’ prophecy (verse 22)? (c) The preceding saying (verse 27)? (d) The radiant face of Moses (Exodus 34:29-30)?

3. Why is this event misunderstood by Peter (verse 33)? Underscored by God (verses 34-35)?

4. When have you experienced God in an unusual manner? What happened?

5. When it comes to listening to Jesus, how hard of hearing are you?

6. What do you do to obey the command of the Father to obey his Son?

SOURCE: Sunday Scripture Study by Vince Contreras, Used with Permission

Junior High Scripture Discussion Starters

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  1. Where does Jesus go to pray?
  2. Who goes with Jesus?
  3. What happens to Jesus while he prays?
  4. What does Peter ask of Jesus?
  5. Explain the message from the voice in the cloud.

Questions for Deeper Reflection

  1. Have you ever wanted a wonderful experience to last forever?
  2. How does this reading reveal the Divinity of Jesus?
  3. As a baptized Christian how do you share in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus?
SOURCE: Lectionary Resources by RCL BENZINGER

Our Sunday Readings

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Sharing God’s Word

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  1. Turn to the person next to you and share what verse in the Gospel caught your attention. The facilitator can decide which is more helpful: to share the next questions with the whole group, or to share in smaller groups of three or four.
  2. In the second reading, Paul says that some people “conduct themselves as enemies of the Cross” (they don’t want to deal with the tough stuff of life). How easy or hard is it for you to negotiate the tough challenges of life, e.g., loss, aging, relational conflicts, etc.? What helps you to face and deal with life’s tough challenges?
  3. Jesus took Peter, James and John up to a mountain. Where do you like to pray? What do you like about praying alone and with others?
  4. In the Gospel, Peter, James and John have a powerful, unforgettable and indescribable experience of God. Have you ever had an experience of God that transformed your life? If not, share a time when you felt especially close to God.
  5. Also in the Gospel, the three apostles are told to listen to Jesus. How do you go about listening to Jesus?
  6. What is the one thing Jesus is saying to us in this Sunday’s Gospel about how a disciple should speak or act?
SOURCE: Commentaries on the Lectionary by Fr. Eamon Tobin (1947-2021), Used with Permission


Echoing God’s Word

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  1. Discuss the interplay between cross and glory in the life of the Church and of its members.
    1. How does the one give meaning to the other?
    2. How have crosses and sufferings, setbacks, and wrong turns come to be a source of blessing, an opportunity for a new beginning in your life?
    3. Tell the story of your life from the point of view of hardships that have turned into places where you encountered God.

  2. The Church is on a journey of conversion.
    1. How does the Transfiguration give definition to the nature of that journey?
    2. What does your parish or your family have to do this year during Lent to be ready to enter into the cloud with Jesus in order to experience the light and the resurrection of new life and new hope?
    3. Make some practical suggestions about some practices of penance that will allow the glory of God to envelop you and your group.

  3. Do you see any evidence of the cross and of the resurrection in your own life and in the life of the family, group, community to which you belong?
    1. In the middle of trials and sufferings, what hope is there in your heart?
    2. Are you still struggling without hope?
    3. Where is the Risen Lord for you at this time?
    4. Have you laid a claim to the hope that comes from the Transfiguration?
    5. In what ways have you done so?
SOURCE: Echoing God’s Word by Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017), Used with Permission

Reflection by Bishop Jim Golka

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