Posts Tagged ‘Transfiguration’

Divine Light

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2015/03/13 at 12:00 AM

One of the key visuals in the story of the Transfiguration is the divine light that radiates from Jesus. Matthew says, “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” Luke reports, “His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.” And Mark says, “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.”
This light seems to signal the beauty and radiance of a world beyond this one, a world rarely seen, only occasionally glimpsed, amidst the griminess and ordinariness of this world.

Is this beautiful and radiant world ever seen today? Let me share a few stories with you. When I was travelling recently, I met a man who, as a young man, met St. Padre Pio, the famous stigmatist. He was privileged to serve his Mass. During the elevation of the host, after the consecration, this man noticed something remarkable: there was a glow around the holy man’s hands. Years later when he heard reports of “auras” he said to himself, “That’s what I saw that day.”

Malcolm Muggeridge, the English journalist and convert to Catholicism, was filming Mother Teresa for a documentary. One day, the electricity was out, and he bemoaned the fact that he had to film her without lights, convinced that the day would be lost. However, when the film was developed, he noticed that the scenes were beautifully lit. To his surprise it appeared as though the light was coming from her.

Consider also the Shroud of Turin. There is scientific speculation that the marks on the shroud, the holy icon thought by many to be the burial shroud of Christ, were caused by a burst of radiant energy – light energy.

I’d like to leave you with one last thought: from the time of the earliest disciples, the holy followers of Jesus were pictured with halos above their heads. What is a halo if not the divine light breaking into our world today?

“St. Aquinas says that Jesus is transfigured before his disciples in order to allow them to see the great goal so that they might have courage as they struggle on the way.”

– Fr. Robert Barron

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The Transfiguration of the Lord

In 01 Daily Meditations on 2011/08/06 at 9:11 AM

Heaven: ‘the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man to conceive the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ Don’t these revelations of the Apostle spur you on to fight? (The Way, 751)

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light (Matt 17:2).

Jesus, we want to see you, to speak to you! We want to contemplate you, immersed in the immensity of your beauty, in a contemplation that will never cease! It must be wonderful to see you, Jesus! It must be wonderful to see you and be wounded by your love!

And a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Matt 17:5).

Lord, we are ready to heed whatever you want to tell us. Speak to us: we are attentive to your voice. May your words enkindle our will so that we launch out fervently to obey you.

Lord, I long to see your face. (Ps 26:8). I like to close my eyes and think that, when God wills, the moment will come when I will be able to see him, not as in a mirror dimly, but…face to face (1-Cor 13:12). Yes, my heart yearns for God, the living God. When shall I go and behold the face of God? (Ps 41:3). (Holy Rosary, Fourth Mystery of Light)

Came and Went Before; Now Appears and Vanishes

In 07 Observations on 2011/06/09 at 9:00 AM

There is no doubt that when the Apostles saw Jesus of Nazareth, their Lord, ……..this experience broke the limits of the normal and made these ordinary men commit themselves to Him in an extraordinary manner for the rest of their lives.

He told them he had come and that he would go away but come again, yet now we appeared suddenly (and disappeared) not just a spirit but the same bodily Lord they had lived with for three years.

Jesus was transformed in an incomprehensible manner.  He was really bodily alive and his wounds showed themselves clearly to their corporal eyes.  They could touch Him, but He was transformed.

The Word of God had become flesh in the Incarnation and by his transfiguration in His Resurrection, he remained man forever.  His humanity accompanies Him forever into eternal glory.

Jesus Christ is the God of the Resurrection.  He is now supremely divine and human and now man can believe that man is not only human but has an eternal destiny which will achieved when he too rises from the dead and we share in His Transfiguration.

When we partake of the Holy Eucharist by eating His body and drinking His blood, we are already participating in this transfiguration

In resurrection, the entire person is re-created by the power of God.  We end the Creed of the Apostles with: “I believe in the Resurrection of the Body and life everlasting. Amen.”