“Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them….”
Today we read of the Transformation of Christ. He brings Peter, James and John with him. All the Gospels says is that they are off apart. Are they praying together, talking?
Then suddenly Jesus is transformed. Was he truly “suddenly” transformed? Or was it that Peter, James and John finally saw Jesus as he truly was/is?
During our lives we have had many transformations. We were born; our first transformation. We went from being in our mother’s womb to suddenly thrust out into a world we did not know. Each stage of our development was a transformation.
Then there are the transformation that leave a permanent mark on our lives, a mark that is visible to everyone. We grow from child to young woman and with that transformation comes all the bewildering issues and challenges.
When we are married the transformation shines on our faces, and then when marriage has become mundane that shine is gone.
Children transform us profoundly. The transformation is so complete that our old selves have died and this new person has taken her place.
Now here is where Gospel hits our lives. Peter, James and John want to put up tents for Moses, Elijah and Jesus. But then a cloud moves overhead and Elijah and Moses are gone. What is important is that God says that Jesus is His beloved Son listen to him.
Motherhood does not make us Christ, but it does call to us to be Christ-like. Jesus’ garments become dazzling, “such as no fuller on earth could bleach them”. Our old self is gone, this new self in her place. We have an opportunity through prayer and study, through understanding of our new selves to be so new we dazzle even ourselves. We need to listen to Jesus and hear what he has to say to us.
Our friends may not even know us as Peter, James and John were so terrified by Jesus transformation. This is an opportunity to become new people, to live our Baptismal role of Priest, Prophet, and Queen.
So, today, I pray that we all become transformed.