Feast of the Transfiguration Reflection:
Today we celebrate one of the most beautiful feasts of the Church, the day when the Lord decided to take his three close friends, Peter, James and John, up the mountain and show them his true nature and glory.
Why did he do such a thing, was it not a bit unfair to the others who were left behind?
Firstly, he showed the transfiguration to strengthen his disciples in their faith and to prepare them for the shame of the cross that was coming. Jesus knew that unless they had some idea of who he really was that their faith would not hold up. After this day on the summit of Mount Tabor, where tradition has it the transfiguration took place, the apostles would never doubt again, and when the Holy Spirit would come upon them at Pentecost they would fully understand what happened.
Secondly, Peter, James and John were the close friends of Jesus and were in a special way chosen for various tasks. Peter was to be the leader of the church and the first pope.
James was to be the leader of the church in Jerusalem and he was also to be the first of the apostles to die, beheaded by Herod in the year 42 AD just a few years after the death of the Lord.
John was Jesus’ favourite, the disciple Jesus loved, and he was the man Jesus had chosen to care for his mother after he had gone. John was also the thinker and theologian of the group and he would spend long years reflecting on the real meaning of the life of Jesus.
The Transfiguration is a very important feast because it gives each of us an opportunity to reflect on who Jesus is in our lives and to ask ourselves of we are willing to be transfigured into what Jesus wants us to be.