Today we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus. Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain. In Old Testament one went up a mountain to meet with God. Here Jesus gets transfigured and we are told that his face was shining like the sun and his clothes were dazzling white. Peter, James and John who experienced this were thrilled and found it good to be there. They probably did not want to go down the mountain.
In the book of Exodus 34:34-35 tell us what Moses experienced when he went up Mount Sinai. When he came down his face was shining because he had been speaking with the Lord. So we see that an encounter with the Lord brings about a remarkable change which is noticeable to all.
In 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 St. Paul tells us that whenever Moses met with the Lord his face would be bright. St. Paul says that all of us can reflect the same glory coming from the Lord who is Spirit and who transforms us into His likeness in an ever greater degree of glory. Like Moses we too encounter God in his Son, Jesus Christ our Eucharistic Lord.
What a grace for Peter, James and John to see Jesus transfigured! They got a preview of the glory of Jesus risen from the dead and his glory in heaven. It was also a preview of the glory we all hope to share in heaven.
If we surrender ourselves to Jesus and live in obedience to His laws of loving God and our brothers and sisters, including our enemies, we too will reflect his glory and be his witnesses before all mankind.
Like Peter we can say “Lord, how good it is that we are here!”