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Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
2 Peter 1:16-19
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
Luke 9:28-36

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baptismal garment

“His clothes became dazzlingly white.” —Luke 9:29

At His Transfiguration, Jesus was clothed in dazzling white (Lk 9:29). His clothes became as radiant as light (Mt 17:2), “whiter than the work of any bleacher could make them” (Mk 9:3). At your Baptism, you were likewise clothed in a white garment, reminiscent of Jesus’ radiant clothing. Like the transfigured Jesus, your clothes became dazzling white, both physically in the gown, and spiritually as all stain of original sin was washed away. You were adopted into God’s family as a new creation.

God looked at you on the day of your Baptism and said, “See, I make all things new!” (Rv 21:5) Moses and Elijah rejoiced with Jesus at His Transfiguration (Lk 9:30); heaven rejoiced on the day you were baptized. 

“Jesus’ Baptism proclaimed ‘the mystery of the first regeneration,’ namely, our Baptism; the Transfiguration ‘is the sacrament of the second regeneration’: our own Resurrection...The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when He ‘will change our lowly body to be like His glorious body’ ” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 556).

You are baptized into Christ, the Head of the Body (Col 1:18). You have been baptized into the household of God. From heaven the Father commands us: “Listen to” Jesus (Lk 9:35). Therefore, study His words in the Scriptures. Listen to Him and learn “what kind of conduct befits a member of God’s household” (1 Tm 3:15).

Prayer:  Father, may I daily accept the Baptismal grace You give me so as to live like Your royal child.

Promise:  “We possess the prophetic message as something altogether reliable.” —2 Pt 1:19

Praise:  “All of us, gazing on the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces, are being transformed from glory to glory into His very image by the Lord Who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18). Praise God!

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