Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone.
There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him.
Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’
When they heard this the disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.
As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.’
The Mystery of the Transfiguration reveals the glory of God to us. The last verse above reminds that it is a revelation that takes place in the context of the events leading to the Passion and death of Jesus. The glorious God suffers and dies for us.
The disciples have their moment of glory too – called apart to be with glory; but -as will be the case when they are confronted with his death – they are covered with confusion and alarm.
In Lent we prepare to renew our Baptismal promises, to recommit ourselves to the way of Christ, the way of the Cross that leads to glory. We know our faults and failings and inadequacies, but remember that in Christ, bu grace we are helped to move beyond our present state and become still more ourselves, closer to God.
- Of what are you afraid?
- For what, in Christ, do you hope?
Altar at Mount Tabor, site of the Transfiguration. (c) 2013, Allen Morris