The Transfiguration of Jesus
“Jesus took with Him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence He was transfigured: His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light.”
Our prayer this week reflects the Gospel reading we will hear at Mass on Sunday. Before the horror of Golgotha’s hill and His death on the cross, Jesus chooses His three closest disciples; Peter, James and John and takes them up Mount Tabor to witness His true nature and reveal His glory.
These are the same three disciples who will be with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when He undergoes His agony of prayer and sweat of blood before His sorrowful Passion and Death. We see a snapshot of the glory of the Risen Jesus after His cruel Death and burial when He rises from the grave in triumph on the third day.
All too often it can seem like we are walking our own ‘way of the cross’ which leads to Golgotha. The good news of Jesus Christ – the Gospel as proclaimed and lived out day by day in and through the Church tells a different story. Because Jesus is alive for ever and is the Victorious One, we can have hope that we too, after passing through our own death, will be raised to life with Him and share in His glory.
Knowing that Jesus has conquered everything and has experienced everything that we too experience (yet He was without sin), we have hope that we too will be changed into His likeness and reflect His glory. This can happen in our lives now before we die as the Holy Spirit changes, moulds and fills us with His divine life to help us live our lives in the way that the Father wants and which please Him and bring ultimate glory to Him.
We remember how Jesus Your Beloved Son was transfigured by Your glory and shone like the sun.
Through our keeping of Lent, by Your Holy Spirit’s power may we be changed into a closer likeness of Him by reflecting Your glory in our lives and day by day help to bring your light to others.
We make this prayer in Jesus’ Name.