Thought for the Week

26 Feb 2018

The Transfiguration of Jesus

“After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.  His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.” Mark 9:2,3 (NIV)

Yesterday at Sunday Mass, we paused to reflect on the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took His three most trusted companions with Him up the mountain where His true glory as the Holy Son of God will be revealed. Fast forward to the hours preceding the Sufferings and Death of Jesus, these same three disciples will also be the ones whom Jesus will have close to Him when He prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. At the start of Jesus’ Passion, they too will be the ones whom Jesus asks to stay alert and pray as Jesus prays to the Father for them in His agony. Now, on this mountain, these three disciples represent us at this moment of glory and point to our true destiny which is in Heaven – our true home.

The event of the Transfiguration in the life of Jesus is the snapshot of His Glory and Heavenly Majesty. Once again the voice of the Father is heard from Heaven and confirms Jesus’ Ministry as the Saviour of the World and strengthens Jesus for the terrible physical, emotional and spiritual suffering which is to come. His transfiguration is the foretaste of the glory of the Resurrection which will be ours, made possible by Jesus’ sacrifice. We too may be experiencing times of trial and suffering at the moment.  The hope of our lives as Christians points us to the belief that we shall be like Jesus and come to a place of transfiguration as we are changed from glory into glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) in heaven. How is your Lent going?  It may be a time of glory or a time of agony.  The important thing to remember is that as we grow in our love for God, our love for others will grow and this will translate into our prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  So, as we continue on our Lenten journey let us ask our glorious and risen Lord to help us remain faithful to our promises to pray, to give and to fast as we journey with Jesus through the agony of the Passion into the glory of the Resurrection.

Almighty God, we remember how Jesus your Son was transfigured by Your glory and shone like the sun.  Through our keeping of Lent, may we be changed into a closer likeness of Him by reflecting Your glory in our lives and by bringing Your light to others.  We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen.