Having been to the desert with Jesus last Sunday, this Sunday, we are taken to Mount Tabor for the Transfiguration of the Lord.
This appearance provides us with not just external features of Jesus – “his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light” – but Peter, James and John hear God say, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.” (Mt 17:1-19)
We have had much more simple experiences but we, too, have met people who bring us new life. We have met (and will meet) grace-filled people who cheer us on, who encourage and complement us.
Like the three apostles, when life seems pretty ordinary, even difficult, we meet people who represent the best in us, who call forth new life and courage.
I think this is what the Transfiguration meant for the apostles … only to a much greater degree. The desert of Lent is hard, even harsh, sometimes.
But it seems the Lord sends angels of surprise, kindness and mercy, enabling us to recognize and accept the graces within our own heart.
This feast can help us recognize and humbly accept the graces we are given.
It can help us hear when God says, to us, “This is my beloved child in whom I am well pleased!”