Transfiguring Our Lives
The celebration of the Transfiguration of the Lord is rooted in Christian tradition and has historical significance. Fifth century theologian St. Cyril of Alexandria wrote that this extraordinary occurrence was observed in Jerusalem as early as the 4th century on August 6th. Historically, this date is linked to the dedication of the Basilica of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor in lower Galilee.
A Journey With Jesus
It was there that Jesus led Peter, James and John on a transformative journey. According to the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke, a brilliance surrounded Jesus, and his clothing became dazzling white as he stood in what appeared to be a bridge between heaven and earth. Moses, the perfect example of the law, and the great prophet, Elijah, appeared with him and they spoke. Peter, wanting to capture the divine moment, suggested making three tents. It was then that a voice from the clouds came and said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Jesus gently touched the disciples who were filled with fear. “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
This story of The Transfiguration can be a transformation lesson for us as we journey through the challenges and uncertainties of life. We can encounter the radiant glory of Jesus just as the disciples did on that mountaintop. These encounters come in the form of prayer or reflection as well as through deep connections with others. The power of transformation is the power of change.
Living the Message
When we answer a greater calling, we open ourselves to become seekers of love and truth. This can be frightening stuff when we set out on the path of fulfilling God’s kingdom, but we are not alone. Jesus touches us and says, “do not be afraid.”