The Transfiguration of Jesus

The Transfiguration of Jesus

February 28, 2021

This is my beloved Son, Listen to him.
Mark 9:7

What I don’t believe (and others write) is that the Transfiguration is simply a moment or midpoint of encouragement to the disciples. Rather, this is the moment for us, during Lent, to turn to Christ, that after that moment of transformation, we hear the voice of Jesus and follow Him all the way to the cross. In the day’s readings, we are encouraged to place our trust in God, as God reveals himself to us.

Lent is a journey and Sunday’s Gospel actuals takes us on a trip. We travel with Peter and James and John, up to a high mountain, where Jesus transfigures before us and becomes radiant in glory! Yes, we are there on the mountain with the disciples, as well as Moses and Elijah. The question before us is similar to Peter’s – are we ready to set up tents and stay?

But we know that the moment on the mountain is not the final destination. Our trip has just begun. We are provided the time and space where we can connect our spiritual and our human roots. Jesus is the bridge between heaven and earth. Once we come down from the mountain, we begin to watch to see how Jesus transfigures before us in the lives of those with whom we live, we meet, we see at the grocery store, we hear about in the news… This trip has only just begun.

Let’s remember during Lent, on our trip, those moments on the mountain, when we heard the words, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him.” As we draw nearer to our destination, let us continue to travel together, with our hearts open, in good company with God.  

Let us pray.

God of Hope, we journey with Jesus during this Lenten season with the certain hope that you will renew each of us as your true disciples.  Call us out of the wilderness of selfishness and indifference. Help us to reach out to those who do not know hope or love by being your messengers of love and peace, we ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.