Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration … one of the key events in Jesus’ life.
Just to refresh your memory, this was when Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain and He was transfigured with His face shining bright like the sun and his robes a dazzling white.
Moses and Elijah appeared, and the Lord spoke to them as well.
There’s more to the event and there are numerous lessons in the Transfiguration … the resources below go into more detail.
But perhaps the one message that resonates most with me is that at times the Lord shares His glory with us, thereby strengthening our faith.
There have been people throughout history who have seen or heard messages from the Lord like Noah, Abraham, and Moses, to name a few.
There have been apparitions of Mary in Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Mexico, and literally all over the world.
And even today people are still reporting apparitions, like in Medugorje, Bosnia.
But I don’t believe such an apparition is required for us to receive a message from the Lord, to witness His glory, or to glimpse the kingdom of heaven that awaits us.
Every day … all around us … there are opportunities to recognize the glory of God.
A dark night sky erupting with a majestic sunrise.
The beauty of a rainbow after a rainstorm.
The birth of a newborn baby.
Sometimes we lose site of God’s glory because we are too focused on the difficulties we face.
That’s why the Transfiguration of Jesus is so special. It’s a reminder to stay focused on God’s glory and our ultimate goal of heaven … even in the bad times.
This week’s issue of Genuflect looks more closely at the Lord’s Transfiguration … what happened, the various symbolisms of the event, important takeaways for us, and what a couple of Popes said about it.
And be on the lookout for expressions of God’s glory in our world!
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All three synoptic gospels tell the story of the transfiguration of Jesus—frequently a sign of the importance of an event from Jesus’ life for the early Christian community. Its origin is debated. Some scholars say the transfiguration episode is really an account of Jesus’ resurrection which was moved to a different part of the gospels. Others think it has its roots in an actual visionary event of some kind. Wherever it came from, the transfiguration is a highly symbolic story.
The Transfiguration of Our Lord is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know.
In light of this significant feast, here are five things to keep in mind and reflect on as you go through your day.
August 6 is the Feast of the Transfiguration, the Gospel event in which Jesus is “transfigured” and becomes white as light. Benedict XVI considered the meaning of this event in his book Jesus of Nazareth. From his commentary, we can draw out seven symbols from the Transfiguration.
Every event in the life of the Lord Jesus is a treasury of heavenly wisdom and its remembrance can become a font of grace to those who observe it. In particular, the Transfiguration stands out. But why? What wisdom or application does the Transfiguration offer to believers? Here’s how this feast day can help Christian disciples in our world today.
Commenting on the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mt. Tabor, Saint Leo The Great contrasts the law, symbolized by Moses, with the grace of the gospel brought by Jesus Christ. He notes how this glimpse of the glory of his divinity and risen humanity was given to Peter, James and John to prepare them for the shock and scandal of the cross.
‘The event offers us a message of hope: it invites us to encounter Jesus, to be at the service of brethren.’ Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave on August 7, 2017 before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
On the day we commemorate as the feast of the Transfiguration, Jesus revealed most clearly His divinity. There are several points to take in from the Gospel for the Transfiguration. He is using all of it to transfigure us into faithful disciples who will follow Him from Tabor to Calvary to Heaven. “Rabbi, it is good that we are here!”
The feast of the Transfiguration has been celebrated on August 6 since at least the 11th century, and along with it, a blessing of fruit was once observed by Roman Catholics and is still maintained by many Eastern Catholics today. While this tradition is primarily connected to harvest festivals that occur near the end of summer, it also has a spiritual connection to the Transfiguration.
Every year on August 6, the Catholic church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The significance of this particular event with regards to our religion is apparent in numerous ways. Perhaps the more pressing point is what this means to us individually? In other words, how relevant is it in our daily living?
In today’s culture, we are bombarded with messages that faithfulness can mean an absence of suffering. They tell us that if we pray hard enough and follow the rules well enough, we can escape hardship. So when bad things happen to good people? When we follow Jesus faithfully, yet still suffer—sometimes profoundly? When our earnest prayers for healing, restoration, life, seemingly go unanswered? We can plummet into a crisis of faith. But Jesus tells us—and shows us—the Truth.
The preface of the Mass on the feast of the Transfiguration offers a glorious text about the fruits of this event in Jesus’ life. Using the text of the preface, we can pray this prayer to Our Transfigured Lord.
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