The glorious image of the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor always reminds me of the Epiphany. The Magi navigate their way through the darkness of the world and some very dangerous people and find themselves in the presence of Jesus. After sometime in His Light, they return home and live in a new way.
The Transfiguration of Jesus shows us that God can be as close to us as our own skin. On Mount Tabor, what is revealed to us is Who Jesus is on the inside. On the outside, He may resemble a man, but on the inside, He is the glorious Son of God.
All of the facts about Jesus life reveal to us how much our God loves us. At His birth, his name told us that “God is with us” and His role would be to “save us from our sins.”
While the Lord Jesus shined brightly during the Transfiguration, God’s Word in our readings today, shines even brighter. The Scripture Lesson brings to light exactly what God wants for us. “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you… so that you will be a blessing.” Those words from our first reading are asking us to see ourselves as a “blessing for others.” Perhaps a good reflection would come from asking ourselves how we can be a “blessing to those around us?”
In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that we can bear our share of the hardships for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. Moreover, God planned to give us His life through Jesus since before time began. In other words, it is our destiny to be recipients of God’s life. While we can do nothing to deserve this gift, God gives it to us freely because He love us.
Peter, James and John witnessed the event on Mount Tabor and were encouraged and strengthened by it. It served to prepare them for the Passion of Jesus. Like them, we too have had moments when God’s love and presence felt so strong. These moments are not accidents; they serve an important purpose. These are moments when God reminds us that we are blessed, that we can bless each other and that as we walk with Jesus, we too will be transformed by his Life coursing within us. On the outside, we may appear to be ordinary men and women, but on the inside, we are the beautiful children of God.