Transfiguration Sunday 2017
The Transfiguration event is recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke and is referred to in the letter of St. Peter (today’s second reading). It was an important event for the Apostles who needed a palpable sign that Jesus truly was the Messiah, the Son of God, to strengthen them during his Passion and death on the cross. It didn’t seem at first to be very effective. These same apostles were not very faithful to the Lord during his suffering: sleeping in Gethsemane, running away, denying him, abandoning him, etc. However, eventually they did show their faith, strong enough to lay down their lives for him.
In our own spiritual journeys, we have “mountain” experiences mixed with the moments of doubt and fear. While we are sometimes unfaithful, it does not mean that our religious experience was only imagined and not real. It just means that we still need to integrate that “mountain” experience into our lives and continue to open ourselves to the experience of the risen Lord.
The Lord is patient. He continued to believe in his apostles even when they failed. Eventually his faith in them gave them faith in themselves. They too were transformed and then lived and died as “sons of God” beloved by the Father. Each time we renew our faith in the Risen Lord who loves us, the same transformation will happen in each of us who are called to be in Christ, sons and daughters of God.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC