Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John,
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.” MK 9:2-10
The Transfiguration of Jesus is a foreshadowing of what is to come for Jesus (Passion) and us (our lives and eternity). The symbolism is Moses represents the Old Law and Elijah the Prophets leading up to Jesus. The Transfiguration takes place on a mountain symbolizing Jesus’ future climb to Calvary to die for us and transfigure the human race. This is the only other event besides Jesus’ Baptism that God speaks, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”. CCC 568 Christ’s Transfiguration aims at strengthening the apostles’ faith in anticipation of his Passion: the ascent onto the “high mountain” prepares for the ascent to Calvary. Christ, Head of the Church, manifests what his Body contains and radiates in the sacraments: “the hope of glory” (Col 1:27; cf. St. Leo the Great, Sermo 51, 3: PL 54, 310c). Last, Jesus tells Peter, James, and John not to tell anyone until he rises from the dead foreshadowing that He will die and rise. CCC 554 From the day Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Master “began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things… and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”290 This gospel is loaded. What does this mean for us? It strengthens our faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and who He says He is. It proves that He must die and rise to transfigure humanity. We receive this grace in our Baptism and we die with Christ, bury our inherited Original Sin, and put on a sanctified soul. At the end of time, we will receive our new glorified bodies like Christ after He resurrected. Isn’t this what we want? God gave us this free unmerited gift of grace through the death of His Son because He wants us to be with Him. Many people do not even recognize this love and grace. Doesn’t this inspire us to change or be transfigured. Yes, but change is hard. I suck at it. Old habits die hard, but Jesus is more powerful. We are called to go to heaven (be a saint). God has given us an intellect, free will, and memory the Spiritual powers that are more powerful than any superhero. Jesus has reconciled us with God. We have to step up and do our part. Pray, love, hope, “love one another as I have loved you”, read what Jesus has taught us in the Scriptures to strengthen our faith and live a life with purpose and fulfillment. It is the desire of your heart and it is God’s greatest desire. Fight evil, put on Christ each day, and accept the Transfiguration that Christ has given us for love of the Father and love for us. ”There is no greater love than this to lay down ones life for one’s friends.” Love Jesus back, love those He has put around you, love the lowly that Jesus came to heal and those that are different than you (corporal works of mercy) and be transfigured in this life so you can experience joy here and in the next. It requires sacrifice but the rewards are eternal! Never give up hope!
Today’s challenge: Change something in your life today that is keeping you from be completely open to God’s will in your life.
Become a saint!