Feast of the Transfiguration
Each of the three gospels that can be used for this feast has a phrase that is left out. I have never been able to figure out why the church leaves the phrase out for it explains so much.
“Eight days later,” is the phrase and it immediately begs the question, eight days later than what?
The previous event was Peter’s profession of faith when he proclaimed that Jesus was Lord. “Who do people say that I am?” asked Jesus and Peter gave the now famous reply, “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.”
There is something important here. When Peter says that Jesus is Lord, the Lord decides to honour his faith by showing him who he really is.
I would venture to say that the Transfiguration is Jesus’ response to Peter. When we proclaim Jesus as Lord there is always a little transfiguration in our lives. Jesus is faithful and always answers our desire to proclaim him even if it is only in the secret of our heart.
Peter, James and John witnessed one massive Transfiguration while we have many small ones in our lifetime. Jesus is calling us to be near him too and if we answer in the affirmative he shall show himself to us.
This is what I feel is the real meaning of today’s feast. Say Yes to Jesus and he shall show you who he is, glory and all!