The Transfiguration of the Lord
(Daniel 7:9-10.13-14; II Peter 1:16-19; Luke 9:28b-36)
Pope Benedict XVI notes that in Luke’s Gospel the transfiguration occurs while when Jesus is praying. He calls the interpenetration of Father and Son the sensation of pure light. Jesus becomes, as John’s gospel declares, “light from light.”
In prayer Jesus recognizes that God is calling him to suffer. He can glimpse the cross awaiting him in Jerusalem. This is the “Exodus” which Moses and Elijah mention in the passage. The vision does not deter him but compels Jesus forward. He knows that it is the Father’s will, which he will always do come what may. Meanwhile, the glory of the light prepares the disciples for the shock of the crucifixion.
We should not deny a similar eventuality for ourselves. Whether we suffer through old age or face death in an instant, the experience will not be easy. Like Jesus we should be determined to do God’s will. We will be giving positive example to our associates. More importantly, we too will come to know God’s glory.