FEAST of the TRANSFIGURATION of the LORD
Today, the universal Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, considered to be one of the pinnacles of His public ministry, beginning with His Baptism and ending with His Ascension.
In the Transfiguration event, Jesus revealed His Divine Nature to three of His closest disciples by means of a miraculous and supernatural light. Before His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Christ climbed to a high point on Mount Tabor with His disciples Peter, James and John. While Jesus prayed upon the mountain, His appearance was changed by a brilliant white light which shone from Him and from His clothing.
During this event, the Old Testament figures of Moses, the lawgiver, and the great prophet Elijah also appeared, and spoke of how Christ would suffer and die in Jerusalem, together with His Resurrection and Ascension, in what the Gospel describes as Jesus’ “exodus” (Luke 9:30-31).
Matthew, Mark and Luke all record that the voice of God the Father was heard, confirming Jesus as His Son (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35). Peter and John make specific reference to this event in their writings, as confirming Jesus’ Divinity and His status as the Messiah (2 Peter 1:17-18; John 1:14b).
In his address before the Angelus prayer on August 6, 2006, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI described how the events of the Transfiguration display Christ as the “full manifestation of God’s Light.” This Light, which shines forth from Christ both at the Transfiguration and after His Resurrection, is ultimately triumphant over “the power of the darkness of evil.”
The Pope stressed that the Feast of the Transfiguration is an important opportunity for believers to look to Christ as “the Light of the world”, and to experience the kind of conversion which the Bible frequently describes as an emergence from darkness to the Light of God’s Loving Presence. “In our time too”, Pope Benedict said, “we urgently need to emerge from the darkness of evil, to experience the joy of the children of Light!”
We commemorate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord on August 6.
(From catholicnewsagency.com, americancatholic.org, catholicculture.org and newadvent.org)
(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Proper for the Feast of the Transfiguration)
“God our Father, in the transfigured Glory of Christ Your Son, You strengthen our faith by confirming the witness of Your prophets, and show us the splendor of Your beloved sons and daughters. As we listen to the voice of Your Son, help us to become heirs to eternal life with Him who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”