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Awed by Your Power and Might
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John, and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, I come before you in prayer. Inspire me with awe and reverence so I may worship you as you deserve.
- A Glorious and Eternal Kingship: From today’s first reading from the book of Daniel we get a glimpse of his vision of God on his glorious throne and the Son of Man who came and on whom was conferred an eternal kingship. It alludes to Christ’s mediating and recapitulating role in the history of salvation. One day, all things will be put in order. He will reign supreme. His Kingship began with his Incarnation, where he ruled in poverty and humility. From the throne of his cross, he established himself as mediator, the one who restores all creation in its rightful relationship with God. Now we await his glorious coming, when his victory over sin and death will be fully applied to a new creation of Heaven and earth.
- A Glimpse of His Glory: In the second reading from 2 Peter, Peter insisted on the truth of his testimony and referred to an epiphanous event “on the holy mountain.” Luke told the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration, which is a glimpse of Jesus’ unveiled glory. From “the mountain,” a place associated with holiness and revelation throughout Scripture, Jesus prophesied that some will see the Kingdom of God before they die. Little did they understand that Jesus is the Kingdom in his Person. His humanity robes the splendor of his divinity. But Peter, John, and James were privileged to receive a foretaste of his glory.
- Revelation to Reverence: Jesus was seen conversing with Moses and Elijah in this wondrous vision of his glory. Moses was the chosen mediator to lead God’s people from slavery to freedom. Now, the Father solemnly proclaimed that Jesus was the “Chosen One.” Jesus is the new and unique mediator who leads us out of the slavery of sin. Elijah was chosen as a great prophet to defend the one true God. Jesus, the Word made flesh, is true God yet true man, a Son of Man and Son of God. The disciples were dumbstruck before the vision and the proclamation of the Father. The only appropriate response before this mystery is reverence.
Conversing with Christ: Lord Jesus, may you be revered in all that I am and do. You are the holy one of God, the Messiah, Son of the living God, and the only begotten Son of the Father. Grant me eyes of faith to see your glorious presence in my daily life.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will be attentive to your consoling presence and make an act of reverence, aware that you are the giver of all gifts, especially the greatest gift, salvation.
For Further Reflection: Discernment of Spirits, Rule 4.
Jennifer Ristine is a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi dedicated to spiritual and faith formation through teaching, conferences, writing, and spiritual direction. While serving in Ancient Magdala she wrote Mary Magdalene: Insights from Ancient Magdala and “Nine Days with Mary Magdalene.”