The Transfiguration of Jesus was the gospel reading last Sunday, the second Sunday of Lent.
This particular gospel has always been a wonder for me. First, I could not understand why it was that Jesus had shown Himself in all His glory with Elijah and Moses on either side of him to his three apostles, John, James and Peter. I really did not get it.
However, it is Lent, and t’is the season for reflection – to reflect on God’s love for us. And, indeed, the Transfiguration was one of those “physical” experiences.
So, what does the Transfiguration signify? I went over some information from the internet to further shed light, added to the explanation given by the priest in our church. The presence of Elijah and Moses signifies how these two prophets have foretold the coming of Jesus and how the Son would have to be sacrificed to save us from sin. The cloud that covered the three of them was the Holy Spirit who continues to give us the gifts/graces for enlightenment. And of course, God Himself, His voice saying, “This is My Son.”
What of course was the most powerful thing about the Transfiguration was how Jesus was seen in all of His glory together with Elijah and Moses. Jesus gave a glimpse of what heaven will be like as witnessed by the apostles Peter, James and John. As Jesus spoke of having to go to Jerusalem, this expresses how we, if we chose to be His followers, would have to go through difficulties in this life just as He went through Himself which culminated in His dying on the cross. The idea of “dying from ourselves” to be able to serve Him by serving others is one really bitter medicine to swallow. However, this is the one thing being asked of us … really simple if I think about it, but would I be able to manage?
Of course God will be there to look after us when we make our choice to follow Him.
To borrow Sting’s song:
Every breath you take, every move you make; every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.”
Every single day, every word you say; every game you play, every night you stay, I’ll be watching you.”