Hey guys! So if you didn’t know, today we are celebrating the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus, and I just wanted to take a few minutes to explain to you the story of the transfiguration and what it means in terms of our faith journey.
The story of Jesus’ Transfiguration is told in three of the four Gospels, but since today’s Mass reading comes from the Gospel of Mark, that’s the version I am going to share with you.
“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. Mark 9:2-8
Okay. So. Lets get a little back up information on this situation. In the Old Testament, God never revealed His face to His people. He spoke to them through other objects, such as a burning bush (Exodus 3) or a still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12), and he only chose certain people to speak directly to. But no matter how much these prophets preached the Word of God, we still weren’t getting it; so God decided to be a little more direct with us, and send his Son down to become one of us: fully human, yet fully divine. And we STILL did not understand anything about who he was or what he wanted us to do. (Read Mark 8:14-21 and you’ll see that Jesus even was frustrated at their lack of understanding)
The Transfiguration is when Jesus fully revealed his true divinity to his closest disciples. God says to the men “This is my beloved son. Listen to him.” If this line sounds familiar, it’s because this is what God said as John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan river. (Mark 1:11) So here’s my first point. We need to listen to the words of Jesus Christ. Dive into the bible and read what God has to say to you. Listen to the readings in Mass. Really listen. Take notes if you have to! Nourish yourself with God’s word and I promise you will never regret it.
I challenge you to ponder and pray for the transfiguration of your heart in receiving Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament. Ask Our Lord to never stop transforming you into the kind of person he wants and needs you to be. We are called to have a constant conversion to God’s truth and love.
Pray today that Mary will give you her heart to know and love God more than ever before.
Yours in Christ, Clare
“Yes, let us fly to Mass and adore our God; let us be transfigured by the body and blood of Christ; let us taste of heaven and immerse ourselves in Christ’s light; let us bathe in the Love that first loved us. Let us ascend upon the mountain, and exclaim along with St. Peter, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here!’” F. K. Bartels