This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him.

Sometimes I wonder why the Church gives us the Gospel (Luke 9:28-36) passage on the Transfiguration in Lent, especially when later on in August we celebrate it as a Feast Day.  Perhaps it is because as we move through Lent, and the darkness of the Cross looms more and more and it is good also to get a glimpse of what lies beyond the cross.  The Transfiguration gives us a preview: beyond the cross is Jesus’ glory.  Beyond the darkness of the cross, there is light.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: ‘For a moment, Jesus discloses His divine glory, confirming Peter’s confession.  He also reveals that He will have to go by the way of the cross at Jerusalem in order to enter into His glory’ (CCC, para. 555).
 
The Transfiguration is witnessed by Moses and by Elijah.  The former is the lawgiver of the Old Testament and the latter a representative of the prophets. This august group, deep in conversation, are in sharp contrast with the three frightened tired disciples who find it difficult to keep awake.  The human witnesses of the great event pale into insignificance with the appearance of the Heavenly Father, symbolised by the cloud of the Spirit and in His testimony to the Son.  This episode parallels Yahweh’s manifestation to Moses on Mt Sinai, in which the Israelites witnessed the “glory” of God and “heard His voice” (Deut 5:24).
 
May Jesus’ Transfiguration help us with our faith, may it strengthen our hope, and may love conquers all.                       
God bless,  Fr Michael

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