The Transfiguration

During the earthly life of Jesus, only a few occasions revealed his heavenly glory to his followers: at his nativity, when the angels announced his birth; at his baptism when a voice from heaven proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17); and on the mountain when he appeared with Moses and Elijah and a voice cried, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Matthew 17:5). The Church of the Transfiguration takes its name from one of the most mysterious and hopeful stories of the entire New Testament. The Gospel writers tell us that Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain to pray. As they looked upon their Master, his face suddenly “shone like the sun” and his clothing became glistening, “white as light.” For a few brief minutes, Jesus’ followers beheld his glory and splendor, as if the veil of his human flesh had been lifted to reveal his heavenly radiance. The name also reflects the hopeful gospel message, that in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, it is possible for our lives to be transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ. The Transfiguration is God’s promise that light and life will prevail, and that the resplendent light of God can shine in and through the darkest regions of every human heart.

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