Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone. As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
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The Transfiguration is one of my favorite mysteries. As I reflect on it, I love to imagine what Jesus would have looked like in his divinity. I don’t think I’m alone in wishing that I could have been with Peter, James, and John on that mountain. I know that if I were there, I would have wanted to stay too. I can’t think of anything better than gazing at Jesus in all his beautiful, glorious divinity forever. But if Jesus would have stayed there, he never would have gone to Jerusalem to die for us and save us. If Peter, James, and John would have stayed there, they never would have made disciples of all nations and told others about Jesus. While it’s good to be on the mountain with Jesus, he also calls us to leave and help those around us to encounter him. Although at first Jesus tells his disciples not to tell anyone about the Transfiguration, eventually they do. Reading about the Transfiguration has helped me to understand who Jesus is. Meditating on it has helped me to grow closer to him, and it made me yearn to grow in holiness and encounter him deeply. I might not have been able to be on the mountain to experience Jesus’ Transfiguration, but I can still spend time with him and witness his divinity when I receive the Eucharist and when I pray in Eucharistic Adoration. It’s good that we’re here to be with Jesus and worship him, but it’s just as good to go, tell those whom we encounter about him, and help them see his divinity as well.
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