Go Transfigure


“Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” Matthew 17: 1-2

The Transfiguration of Christ has got to be one of my favorite passages from the bible. To have been there and to have seen Jesus GLOW before your eyes… showing his divinity… seeing Moses and Elijah with him (I once asked someone how they knew who they were and he replied, “Name tags” LOL) and the the cloud and the voice of God! Wow… actually wow does not capture this moment… it is one of those moments where the true meaning of AWE and awesome come into play. It must have been awe-inspiring and mind-blowingly awesome!

Though when I think of the scene … picture it in my head~ you know me, the visual learner, who has to SEE every thing in my mind to truly grasp and comprehend it … I don’t see Jesus floating. No… I don’t… too fantastical (though, of course, he could have) … to me he can glow but I don’t see him floating above the ground, sorry.  I see Jesus reaching the summit of Mount Tabor with his friends and after that long hike with his buds … which I imagine they climbed the mountain early morning and as they reached the summit it was becoming day… I see Jesus, so overjoyed to have reached the very top that he turns, holds out his arms to greet the day and as the sun rises over the horizon I see him start to glow…  and the more he glows, the bigger his smile gets… and then when he is in full blown luminosity he begins to laugh. Yes, laugh. I see him laughing… so filled with joy that he cannot contain himself …. And he is so bright that you can hardly see him…


Yeah. Like that. Of course Moses and Elijan were glowing too…

ImageThat’s a good painting too….

To try to capture how freaked out Peter, James and John were upon seeing this….  can you imagine?… How would you have reacted? I probably would have sunk to my knees with my jaw hanging open, eyes bulging, dumb-founded.  What I have always found peculiar was Peter’s reaction.  I love St. Peter, he always seems to say something wrong… he likes to put his foot in his mouth and make a buffoon out of himself (I love him because I can relate, can’t we all?) … why did he want to erect tents?… Maybe he wanted to be helpful… or maybe …Image hahahaha….  sorry had to throw a meme in there…

So… why do we hear this Gospel passage during Lent?  Because we too need to be transfigured… we too need to change and become holy… we need to glow~ SHINE!~ the love of Christ from our faces. Have you ever been so overwhelmed/overcome by a Holy Spirit moment that you felt like you were glowing? I have. Some moments felt more pronounced than others… sometimes, during those amazing moments, I can literally feel myself glowing (You Glow GIRL!) … other times it is just a nice warm peace glowing inside. I have been overcome with this during different times… but every time was after spending time with God: After reading certain books, watching certain movies, spending time in Adoration, after Mass, after praying the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, after morning prayer (which is why I pray in the early morning… to carry that peace with me throughout the day) and even hiking in the woods….  This can happen any time you spend time with God …

So this Lent how about we take more time to climb that mountain with him… wake up earlier. Turn off the TV. Sit and be still and be quiet …and just BE with God.

“For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ” 2 Corinthians 4:6


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One response to “Go Transfigure

  1. A beautiful way of seeing the transfiguration. Thank you. I also need to visualize it.
    I think that Peter was so astounded that he just said the first thing that came to mind.

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