On today’s feast we celebrated Our Lord giving his closest disciples a glimpse of his glory in order to strengthen them for the trials that were to come. Peter would betray Jesus, then be forgiven by him and entrusted with Jesus’ entire flock. James would be the first martyr among the Apostles. John would be the apostle who lived the longest, yet desired to be with the Lord both on earth and on Heaven the most: this would be one of the experiences that would lead him to write two books of the New Testament: a gospel and the book of Revelation.
When Our Lord becomes transfigured on the mountaintop he is letting them see his divinity shine through. He is flanked by Elijah, representing all the prophets, and Moses, representing the Law. The Law and the prophets were two of the greatest pillars of Jewish belief, and Our Lord shows his disciples today that he is the culmination of all that the Law and the Prophets taught about the Messiah and about God. As the letter to the Hebrews reminds us, “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2). Our Lord now brings us the definitive truth about God, fulfilling the Law and the prophets.
In moments of prayer Our Lord permits us at times to have a glimpse of his glory. We can respond enthusiastically, like Peter in today’s Gospel, but also with some fear and confusion at receiving such a wonderful revelation from Our Lord. The Heavenly Father tells us what our response should be in today’s Gospel: listen to His Son. Let’s ask for the grace today to listen to whatever Our Lord wishes to tell us.
Readings: Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14; Psalm 97:1–2, 5–6, 9; 2 Peter 1:16–19; Mark 9:2–10.