Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. In the first reading, we see the origin of the title “Son of Man” from Daniel 7. It is a kind of prefiguring of the Transfiguration. In the second reading, St. Peter recounts the event as an eyewitness. And the Gospel is from Matthew 17, the story of Jesus taking Peter, James and John up on Mt. Tabor where He is transfigured.
For a brief, shining moment, Peter, James and John get a glimpse of “the other side” of Jesus – in His glory. Without realizing it, they were looking into the future. Not just the future for Jesus, but for themselves. And for us. As they looked at Jesus’ radiance, how could they have known that they, too, would have a share in that radiance? That the light which they beheld, they would become?
We, too, are called to be that light. If we persevere to the end, we will not only see that heavenly glory, but become a part of that heavenly glory. We call it the Beatific Vision. Total light! Total victory! Total freedom! That is what we want…isn’t it?
Father, we thank you for the light that is Christ Jesus. May we imitate him in all things, that we may share in His heavenly glory with you forever. Amen.