Summer Celebrations – The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then, there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”   Matthew 17: 1-5

The word trinity is never mentioned in Scripture, but teaching about the Holy Trinity is all over it!  The story of the Transfiguration is one of those places where we explicitly see the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all mentioned in the same passage.  (Jesus is bodily present, they hear God the Father’s voice, and the Holy Spirit is present in the cloud and light.)

Throughout the centuries, the Church has interpreted this event as meant to strengthen the faith of the Apostles.   Christ knew that their faith would be greatly tested when He died, but witnessing this miracle was a proof they could hold on to that Jesus truly was the Messiah!  The Transfiguration was a kind of visible bridge between the human and divine nature of Jesus.  James, John, and Peter fully saw His glory with their own eyes and they heard God saying “Listen to Him” with their own ears!

  • Celebrating this feast can also strengthen our faith!  Even though this isn’t a Holy Day of Obligation, it’s still a great day to go to Mass and think about  this miraculous event!
  • Pray the 4th Luminous Mystery of the Rosary.
  • Think about the Light of Christ present in each of you since your Baptisms.  If you have very young children, teach them to sing “This Little Light of Mine” as a simple and fun reminder that all Christians are called to bring the light of Christ out into the world.
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