Jesus is being transfigured. In the sight of Peter, James, and John, their Lord and Master is being transfigured.

Jesus is being transfigured so “his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.[1] The spectacle develops when Moses and Elijah appear on the scene. What will happen next?

Peter, caught up in the beauty of the moment says “Lord, it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.[2] Who would not want to stay on this high mountain basking in the glory of the only Son of God?

No sooner has Peter made this suggestion than “a bright cloud covered them with its shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice… This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him’.[3]

Fear now comes into the hearts of the disciples, so much so that each one falls on his face. Jesus goes to each one and touches them saying “Stand up, do not be afraid.[4]

Here we have it. The glory of God is not overwhelming. Yes, it inspires worship and awe. The light and love that emanates from the Lord and pierces our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to live in the pure light of God each day, each moment. No dazzling spectacle, but helping us towards a harmony of mind, soul, and spirit, living a grace-filled life.

Flash-forward and you know that this dazzling body of Jesus will be covered with deep wounds, torn skin, bare bone, and flowing blood - no longer transfigured.

Flash-forward even more and you know and believe that the Lord rose with a glorified Body. So, living with this reality, you can “stand up and not be afraid.”

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP



[1] Matt.17:2

[2] Matt.17:4

[3] Matt.17:5

[4] Matt.17:7


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