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The Transfiguration is one of my favorite Gospel readings. I love that Jesus gave Peter, James, and John, the same disciples who would accompany Him in His agony, the gift of witnessing His glory. Every time I hear this reading, I think of how awesome it would have been to see Jesus in His divinity. When I meditate on the Transfiguration, I love to imagine what it would have been like to see Jesus become dazzling white and appear with Moses and Elijah.
Then, reality hits me.
I’m not worthy to encounter Jesus in this way. I’m not saying this to be humble or because I think little of myself. I know that if I were to see Jesus for who He is, then I would be terrified. If I were to come face-to-face with the glorified Son of God, I wouldn’t feel worthy to be in His presence. He is so good, so pure, and so beautiful. Try as I might to be like Him as He lovingly commands me, I will never measure up.
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When I think of the Transfiguration, somehow, my thoughts turn to the Eucharist. As imperfect humans, we understand that we’d be overwhelmed with Jesus in His glorified state, but how good, how pure, and how beautiful is it that He humbles Himself to be with us? The God of the Universe, who answers to no one, comes down to earth to become the bread and wine that we receive in the Mass. He becomes a form that we can easily behold so that we can encounter Him without fear. In this way, we can still witness God’s glory. In receiving Him, He transfigures our hearts to be more like His.
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