Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”
And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. At one moment Peter, James and John see Jesus in his divine nature and in the next they see him simply as Jesus, the man they have come to know and love. This juxtaposition of the divine and human makes me think of the short prayer the priest says as he pours a drop of water into the wine before the Eucharistic prayer. “May the mingling of this water and wine cause us to share in the divinity of Christ just as he shared in our humanity.”
What an audacious request! We ask to literally share in Divine Life. And yet this is exactly what God has in mind for us in the Eucharist, as co-creators of the world, and for all eternity. St. Ignatius calls us to find God in all things, to see and experience divinity in all of creation.
If we but have the eyes to see and the ears to hear we are just as privileged as Peter, James and John. And, by the way, the Son of Man has been raised from the dead so we are not obligated to keep this a secret. On the contrary, we are called to share the Good News! With whom might I be called to share the Good News today?
—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits. Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six.
Holy God, in a blaze of light on Mount Tabor you transfigured Christ, revealing him as your beloved son and promising us a share in his glory. But in a blinding flash of weaponry, we the children of that promise, have annihilated life, disfiguring the face of Christ and his gospel call to gentleness and peace. Let the beacon of that gospel pierce again the clouds enshrouding the earth, so that even in the darkness of these times we may believe your day will dawn. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
—from the Benedictine Daily PrayerPlease share the Good Word with your friends!