Thursday, August 6, 2020

Quick Thoughts on the Transfiguration

In my writing I've reflected upon Jesus' transfiguration a fair amount. Our Lord is an infinite Person and so the events of His earthly life are an inexhaustible source of revelation. This was brought home to me again this morning as I prayed through Matthew's account (17:1-8) of the Transfiguration. A quick list of what jumped out at me today:
"Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them" (1-2)  Even in our intimacy with the Lord, we always come to Him as members of His Church. (Heb 12:1, 22-24).

"...a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him" (5).  The cloud, or God's presence, emits light; but it is divine light. It blocks out the natural light of the sun, the "light," or so called "wisdom of the world," to impart true wisdom. This is also an image of what John of the Cross calls the dark night of the senses, where God deprives the soul of the natural joys it used to take in created things to drive it toward Him.

"He was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him" (2-3).  It is in Christ's light, that the apostles are able to see Moses and Elijah and hear them conversing with Jesus. It is only in Jesus' light that they were able to fully understand the Law and the Prophets (Lk 24:44-45).
So there you are - after 34 years of reading and reflecting upon this event, I am reminded of how much more there is yet to see.