Monday 13 July 2015

Feast of the Transfiguration, year ’B’ 6th August Fête de la Transfiguration, année ’B’, le 6 août

“Jesus was transfigured in their presence : his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them.”

Da. 7,9-10. 13-14 Ps.96 2P.1, 16-19 Mk.9,2-10

The Feast of the Transfiguration, year ’B’ - Feast Day of Our Lord

“Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain on their own by themselves.There in their presence he was transfigured : his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses ; and they were talking to Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, ’Rabbi! ’he said, ’it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

Jesus takes Peter, John and James on a high mountain in order to place this event of the Transfiguration as an important manifestations for his people. What takes place on Mount Tabor, before Peter, James and John, is of the same order that went on Mount Sinai where God gave the law to Moses, or as in the crack of the rock where Elijah met the Lord. On Tabor, as on the Sinai, we have the mountain, a cloud from God addressing to us a Word. God’s glory is the blossoming of his Love and this begins in the womb of our Blessed Lady.In this way He takes part in our humanity. He is going to overcome hell with our human nature. He won’t give in to sadness, He dwells in God’s glory. The Light shining deep down within Him appears in the light of the day! Jesus is transfigured in front of his disciples Peter, James and John, so that they will be able to stand up to the trials about to come their way. Peter will manifest how hard it is for him to walk in the dark night of faith! He says to Jesus : ’Lord, how fortunate we are to be here; if you like, I’ll put up three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.“”And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and from the cloud there came a voice : This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him."

The Father manifests Himself to the Son at this precise moment when they are going up to Jerusalem- it manifests the New Covenant. So Jesus appears like a new step in the revelation :’This is my Beloved Son whom I have chosen; listen to

Him. ’The event of the transfiguration re orients us fundamentally in the reality of the revelation. It is in the Person of Jesus that the New Covenant is given, this consists in believing in the work of grace manifested by Him.The disciples fall ’with their face on the ground and were seized with great terror.’ At the Transfiguration it is manifested how the crucified Jesus will rise from the dead. The disciples will be witnesses of the agony of Jesus, where he will be disfigured. This won’t be easy for them. Jesus, the Eternal Son of the Father, is the immaculate child of Mary, he unites within Himself heaven and earth. God’s Glory is manifested in the victory of Love over all evil and this Glory shines on his whole being. Jesus had revealed it : ’The Son of Man will suffer, He will be scoffed at, crucified like someone who is cursed.“Jesus will be disfigured, surrounded by these very Apostles : Peter, James and John. The other Apostles will be a little further away. Peter has a hard time to put up with this spectacle of agony as he did with the Transfiguration! Jesus is glorified in front of Him, the beloved Son of the Father shines forth the Glory of God, His Infinite Love. There are rays of sun around his head, his clothes are dazzling white.”As they were coming down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ’rising from the dead’ could mean.“By the Transfiguration, Jesus wants to give us back our courage. ’Don’t be afraid, I have conquered the world. With me you will go through trials and the hardships of this life, which does not mean that God has abandoned you, and at the end of your life, I will manifest in the whole of your being the Covenant that I have concluded with you.” The Life of Jesu shows what the true way is in order to be saved and to live in Communion with God. His crucifixion will demonstrate that he was an outcast ’the one who hangs on the wood of the cross is cursed.’ And Paul will say that God had identified Himself with sin, for our sake. But after Jesus’ Passion, God, his Father brought Him back to life. This time of the transfiguration is already Jesus’ glorification. It is necessary in order to ’understand’ Jesus’ disfiguration. Thus enlightened, we move forward, enveloped by the Word of the Father : ’You are my Child, you are my Beloved, in whom I have placed all my

Love.’ In the night of faith, we can live each day from this Love in the Holy Spirit, shining with God’s Glory at work in us. With Jesus we are on a path towards glorification. Love’s shining power, the intense light of God’s glory shining in the deepest parts of our life. Our transfiguration is when, for instance, we live from this Love, keeping smiling in Jesus even in adversity. This is how God’s love conquers.

We ask for the grace to enter into the Victory of Christ’s Love and to give thanks to our Father in Heaven.