Transfiguration. We also celebrate this event as a Feast in early August. This
begs the question why the Church gives such prominence to such an event!
In the Gospel we meet God the Father, Jesus, Moses and Elijah, Peter and James and John. I would like to take our reflection today from the aspect of the
three apostles, Peter and James and John.
Most of the miracles of Jesus are based on His compassion for the sick or wounded. This miracle is completely different. It seems to me it is like a private audience for three of the apostles. They are given a very special spiritual experience which will last them a life time. They behold the glory of God shining on the face of Jesus. They are completely overcome by the thunderous voice of the Father proclaiming Jesus as His Son, the beloved. They can connect with the Law and the Prophets with Moses and Elijah. They fall to the ground in awe.
These three apostles were later to be with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. It seems that God gave them a great spiritual experience to sustain them in later times. When God gives the call, He gives the power.
This Gospel teaches me to value spiritual experience. I am sure we all have had a moment when God felt so close to us. We should value these moments. They are like a great storehouse of courage for the future. We do not talk about them to all and sundry. Like Peter and James and John, we keep quiet about it, but we discuss it with people who understand our journey. This keeps the memory alive till like Peter in his very old age we can say: “we beheld the splendour of God shining on the face of Jesus.” (2 Peter1:16)