Feast of the Transfiguration
Jesus’ journey to the cross begins with his transfiguration. With his earthly ministry coming to a close, Jesus knows he has trained the disciples to continue his mission after his death and resurrection. Without telling them what was going to happen, Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John up a high mountain where they had a fear-inspiring experience. In a manner never witnessed before, Jesus impresses upon them his true identity, that he is the Son of God. Jesus’ appearance changes; he is transfigured. His clothes became the whitest white, and brilliant sunlight poured from his face. When Moses and Elijah appeared and were having a conversation with Jesus, a bright cloud came over them. A heavenly voice proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” He is identified by God the Father as the new and sole source of authority. The disciples no longer believe that Jesus is just a great prophet, but he is the promised Messiah, that Jesus alone has dominion over all. His divine glory is revealed.
Jesus has told the disciples of his coming death, that he will suffer greatly and then be killed. After three days, he will rise from the dead. As a result, his kingdom will be characterized by a new kind of splendor full of honor and glory.
We, too, experience a transformation when we look into ourselves and see that we are not who we should be. What is God calling us to be? Just as Jesus touched the frightened disciples and told them not to be afraid, he touches us with his grace, and we are able to enter a greater relationship with a present God.
How can you change today to be a better you? God, and you will both be glad you did.
Let us Pray:
Lord, change is not always easy. We creatures of habit need your comforting touch. Just as your Son Jesus touched the frightened disciples, fill and inspire us with your love so that you may say to us, “In you, I am well pleased.”
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