Transfiguration (Year A)

Dicastery for
the Clergy

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A


One of the characteristics of human beings is freedom of choice… 


The Church is the Kingdom of Christ “already present in mystery” (LG 3)… 

Choosing the treasure or the very fine pearl, fills a person’s heart with joy (Mt 13: 44)… 

In his prayer, Solomon was able to discern God’s will, and made an enlightened choice in accordance with his vocation as king of the People of Israel (1 Kings 3:9)… 


A Christian choice. Today’s world offers Christians the possibility to choose…

The meaning of vocation… 

Fr. George Corrigan, OFM


YEAR A – 2017


Hidden Treasure
A Pearl of Great Price
Two Parables
The Net Cast Widely
The Parable of the Net Explained
Understanding Parables

Kieran J.
O’Mahony, OSA

Hearers of the Word



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Catholic Climate Covenant



Transfiguration – Cycle A


Daniel 7: The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion … 

Psalm 97: The heavens proclaim his justice, and all peoples see his glory.

2 Peter 1: He received honor and glory from God the Father …

Matthew 17: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us that dominion over creation truly involves caring for our common home, being responsible stewards rather than irresponsible “skewers” of God’s plan for communion and harmony. This calls for the ongoing transfiguration of our own understanding and exercise of dominion and power.

St. Charles Borromeo Bible Study Commentary


Transfiguration – Cycle A

Sources Include in PDF: 

  • The Jerome Biblical Commentary
  • The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, and 
  • The Navarre Bible
  • Church History by Laux (TAN Books), 

Fr. Francis Martin

The Word Proclaimed Institute



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Gospel Connections

Mt 17:1-9

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1st Reading Connections

Dn 7:9-10, 13-14

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2nd Reading Connections

2 Pt 1:16-19

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Responsorial Connections

Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

Bible Study

Transfiguration (Year A)


St. Timothy Catholic Church, Laguna Niguel, CA


This week’s study is on Matthew, chapter 17, verses 1-9, the Gospel reading for Sunday, August 6th, 2023, The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – Cycle A.

0:00 – Welcome
0:54 – Opening Prayer
2:11 – Introduction
3:52 – Gospel Reading
8:09 – Teaching
18:34 – Q & A
49:22 – Closing prayer

Catholic Sunday Scriptures in Context

Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A. briefly unpacks the history and context of the Sunday readings.


Agape Bible Study

Transfiguration (Year A)



The Messiah-King Revealed in Glory 

This Sunday we celebrate the day Jesus revealed Himself in His Divine Glory to the Apostles Peter, James, and John before His Crucifixion and Resurrection.  In this feast, we are also celebrating Jesus’ kingship over all creation and the promise of our future resurrection with Him in glory. 


Michal E Hunt, Copyright © 2014; revised 2023 Agape Bible Study; used with permission

1st Reading

The Vision of the Messianic King

In the First Reading, the prophet Daniel receives a vision of the Messiah who had the appearance of a man, ascending in glory on a cloud to God in Heaven.  Daniel’s vision, seen from the vantage point of the heavenly court, was also seen by Jesus’ Apostles and disciples from an earthly perspective on the day Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives, forty days after His Resurrection: … as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight (Acts 1:9).  What they couldn’t see was what took place next in the Prophet Daniel’s vision as Jesus, the Divine Messiah, was presented to God the Father.  Jesus, the Messiah-King, fulfilled Daniel’s vision in the Ascension when He received as a reward, in His victory over sin and death, dominion over all the earth and its nations and peoples. 


Michal E Hunt, Copyright © 2014; revised 2023 Agape Bible Study; used with permission

2nd Reading

Peter’s Eyewitness Testimony of Jesus in His Glory

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ restored the Kingdom of God on earth.  His faithful subjects, those redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, share in His victory over sin and death.  The Church reads from this psalm on the Feast of Transfiguration because it recalls the vision of the glorified Messiah-King seen by the Prophet Daniel and three of the Apostles in their Transfiguration experience, described in each of the Synoptic Gospels and retold by St. Peter in his eyewitness account (Second Reading).  The Psalm Reading response is “The Lord is King, the most high over all the earth,” and we have the hope that one day we will sing this response in Christ’s Divine Presence when we are with our King in glory!


Michal E Hunt, Copyright © 2014; revised 2023 Agape Bible Study; used with permission


The Transfiguration

Our Gospel Reading recounts the experience of three of the Apostles as they witnessed Jesus transformed in His Divine Glory in the presence of two Old Testament prophets, Moses and Elijah.  The experience was not only a revelation of the Divine Messiah but a revelation of the Most Holy Trinity as God the Holy Spirit overshadowed God the Son in a bright cloud, and God the Father’s voice was heard from Heaven, acknowledging Jesus as His Divine Son.  

Jesus’ Kingdom of the Church on earth and in Heaven is an everlasting Kingdom that will “stand forever” (prophesied in Dan 2:447:14).  Those in covenant with Jesus and who serve His earthly Kingdom of the Church are the Messiah-King’s subjects who receive a revelation of the Living Christ in every Eucharistic celebration and faithfully and obediently await His glorious return. 


Michal E Hunt, Copyright © 2014; revised 2023 Agape Bible Study; used with permission