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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today we hear the account of Jesus’s Transfiguration on the mountain. Shortly before the Transfiguration, we hear Jesus ask the disciples: “Who do the people say that I am?” The Transfiguration leaves little doubt about the answer. The disciples see Jesus transformed (the Son), hear the voice of God (the Father) and are overshadowed by a bright cloud (the Holy Spirit). Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples and showed them who they could become in Him, through His Resurrection.
The Catechism explains: “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.’”
Like the disciples, we are shown the way up the mountain and to our own transfiguration – by living as Jesus lived, taught and died: “This is My Beloved Son with Whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5). During Lent, we are called to listen even more. Listening requires silence and a willingness to hear. Can we make time to be silent and listen? Can we open our hearts and be truly willing to hear?
What is God saying to you today? Is there something keeping you from the relationship that He wants with you? The connection between Lent and the Transfiguration is that by rejecting sin and returning to the Lord with our whole heart we may come to share in the glory of Jesus’s Resurrection.
-Mr. Charles Jellinek is President of the Fathers’ Club at St. Louis U. High.
Father, You showed Jesus in glory, a glimpse of what His disciples would see in His risen life. Bless us with an awareness of Your presence, help us to listen and know Your will, and lead us to share in Your divine life. Amen.
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