The Transfiguration - a feast for Our Times.
Today (August 6th )the Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration, an event that held importance to those to whom it was revealed - and also to us.
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him…He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him’
It is believed that the miracle of the Transfiguration took place about 40 days before the Passion and death of Jesus during Holy Week (which is why the Church uses the Transfiguration accounts for the readings at Mass on the second Sunday of Lent every year). It is possible that Jesus was preparing his closest friends for that trial by giving them a glimpse of his true nature - one that has and always will be part of him as the second Person of the Holy Trinity. In the midst of their confusion and doubt they would remember this, and it would see them through their own trials.
This may be an important point to reflect upon in our own time of history. In a world plagued by disease, violence, political unrest and even the questioning of reality and objective truth, we might want to remember that our faith in God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - tells us that there is a true reality that will see us through these difficulties and doubts.
And this is a reality that, although we were not present on that mountain to see it for ourselves, we can place our confidence. I would like to offer you an interesting thought that Fr. Michael included in his homily for today's Mass: "Why is it called the
and not the
? It is because Jesus has always held that glory and the glimpse he gave Peter, James and John was the momentary revelation of an eternal truth. It's a truth that - although we don't possess it at the moment - we hope to share in one day at the Beatific Vision. Jesus was
, one day - God willing -
While we are always mindful not to fall into the error of triumphalism, Jesus and the Church give us today's feast as a reminder that the trials and struggles of today will not last forever. "In the Transfiguration, we are invited to meditate on the ‘mystery of God’s light,’ reflecting on the innate divinity of Jesus and his offer to share it with us through our own role as children of the light" (Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, August 6, 2006).
O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith...and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him.
From the Collect, Feast of the Transfiguration
Sunday 9AM Live-stream Mass
Although the dispensation from Sunday Mass has ended, we will continue to offer live streamed Mass on Sundays at 9AM for those unable to come to church due to illness, infirmity or distance.
See this weekend's Mass on YouTube at
Fr. Ed Blanchett
on Friday, August 6 at 3:00PM