While he was praying his face changed in appearance

Published August 6, 2022, 12:05 AM

by Manila Bulletin


The transfiguration experience of the three Apostles is a momentary glimpse of Jesus’ glory that lies hidden in his humanity. It anticipates the glory that will be made manifest in his resurrection. Appearing with Jesus are two figures who had intimacy with God in their lifetime. Moses’ face became radiant after conversing with God on Mount Sinai (Ex 34:29). Elijah was taken to heaven in a fiery chariot (2 Kgs 2:11) and was expected to return on the day of the Lord. The momentary experience moves the Apostles to ecstasy, and they ask that it be prolonged. Though lasting only for a moment, it is an assurance of the glory in store for us. St. Paul writes, “All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18). It is also an encouragement in time of darkness: “You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pt 1:19).

Gospel • Luke 9:28b-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.

Source: “365 Days with the Lord 2022,” St. Pauls, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: [email protected]; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.