Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean.
The season of Lent is meant as a time a reflection, penance, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Jesus understands the suffering that is to come, yet his disciples cannot. They are seeking and learning everyday and may have some idea of the true Christ, but are not completely there yet. Peter’s earlier proclamation that Jesus is the Messiah is confirmed to him by the Transfiguration of Jesus. His glory and majesty shine like the sun and serve to strengthen the disciple’s faith. Jesus is preparing them and arming them, in a sense, so perhaps they will understand the suffering to come.
The disciples have glimpsed a small portion of the glory of Jesus and what he has planned for us in Heaven: The voice of God from Heaven telling them that this is his Son and to “Listen to Him”. Can you imagine seeing what they saw and hearing what they heard and not wanting to shout it to the entire earth? Yet Jesus tells them that it is not yet time. He still has to listen to His Father’s plan for Him and for us.
We, as followers of Christ are should be encouraged through our own times of sufferings, our own crosses and little deaths that we suffer daily. We like the disciples with Jesus at the Transfiguration have to wait, have to be patient, have to trust and pray and love through everything, with faith that we will also see the Glory of Jesus. Just like the disciples, we have to trust that we will see Jesus in all of His glory and be with Him for eternity in the splendor of Heaven.
Holy Jesus, thank You for every blessing, every gift: the ones I see and the ones I don’t yet understand. Help me to trust in you fully, to accept the crosses in my life and know that someday, if You will it, I will see Your Glory in Heaven. “Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner, Amen”.