By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB
As we discussed last week, Scriptures often use geographical sites to convey messages. Last Sunday, for instance, Jesus was tempted with abundant power, prestige and possessions while in the desert where he had nothing at all.
This week, Jesus takes Peter, John and James up to the mountain to pray (Luke 9:28-36). The height of the mountain suggests nearness to God.
The apostles see Moses and Elijah, who represent the old Law and the old Prophets.
They see Jesus anew. They hear God announce, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.”
The message? That Jesus himself – the New Prophet – represents the New Law, “To Love One Another.”
Perhaps the light of Jesus – “his face changed in appearance and his clothing dazzling white” – represents what heaven will be like … and how we ourselves are transformed when we imitate Jesus in love, kindness and thoughtfulness.
Questions for Reflection …
- Review your Lenten practices: Do you think your face has ever appeared bright as the sun to those you love and serve?
- Whose face has appeared that way to you, as they showed gifts of love to you?
- Today spend some time in quiet prayer, gazing on the beauty of God’s love for you. Experience it as your transfiguration.