“Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up a mountain to pray” (Luke 9:28b)
I imagine that if it had been me, I would have been a little confused as to why I had to go up a mountain to pray, but if my teacher, who I knew loved me, had asked me to go, then I would have gone even if I did not understand. We are compelled to follow the ones we love and trust, the ones in whom we place our hope. If our teacher wants to lead us somewhere, we follow in all humility. The disciples have not yet received the revelation that will forever change their lives, but they had the pre-required love, hope, and trust. The desire for an encounter was already there.
Therefore, more than the light of the transfiguration itself, we get the full glory of Christ revealed and confirmed by the words of the Father. The disciples recognized the reality of Christ as the second person of the Holy Trinity. This experience confirmed their faith, strengthened their understanding, and ignited their hope. They were changed forever.
We are today called to experience this same revelation. We are indeed meant to perceive Christ, but this time not from a mountain top and among the clouds, but through the sacrament of the Eucharist and in the fullness of the Mass. From our desire for a relationship with Christ, do we persist in love, hope, and trust? This can indeed change us forever.
Do we recognize Christ in the Eucharist? Emmanuel is with us. God’s revelation awaits us. Let us expectantly approach his throne of glory in all love, hope, and trust that we may partake of his banquet, gain understanding, and say “…Master, it is good that we are here.” (Luke 9:33)
Lord of Heaven and Earth, you are always with us. Help us to recognize you in every moment of our lives. Help us to love you, trust you, and hope in you that we may gain insight and understanding and live our lives in true relationship with you. May you be glorified always, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen
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