Scriptural Reading: Luke 9:28-36
Welcomes to today’s devotional. The term “Transfiguration” comes from the combination of two Latin words “trans” which means “across” and “figura” which means “form or shape”. It thus signifies a change of form or appearance, that is, metamorphosis. This was what happened to Jesus at the mountain top. The apostles got a glimpse of his divine glory. According Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J., the top of a mountain is a natural place for encountering God. Little wonder then that oftentimes in the scriptures, God chose a mountain top to reveal Himself and His plans. It was on Mount Sinai that God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. Jesus gave his first teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. He often retired to the mountain at night to pray. He was crucified on Mount Calvary and ascended to heaven from Mount Olivet. The Transfiguration gave Jesus a foretaste of his glory, and in the strength of that joy he could endure the Cross and despise the shame. But most important of all, the Transfiguration gave Jesus another affirmation of his Father’s love.
Beloved, for the apostles it was an awe-inspiring experience. They had never seen their master like this before. Peter, filled with consolation said, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. Let us erect three booths here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But it was not to be. This was only a preparation for things to come. With Jesus, they must descend the mountain to the valley below, the garden of Gethsemane and Calvary. On Mount Tabor they didn’t want to leave. In the Garden of Gethsemane they didn’t want to stay. When Jesus was arrested they all fled.
Indeed, we can all identify with the apostles because in our mountain-top experiences of joy and consolation we also want to stay. We want them to go on forever. And then in the moments of trial we want to flee. The mountain-top experience of transfiguration by the apostles prepared them for their future trials. Child of God, we all need the mountain top experience, we all need to encounter God in a more personal way. At the mountain top we hear the voice from above, at the mountain top the Lord gives direction, at the mountain top our faith is strengthen, at the mountain top the Lord manifests his glory, at the mountain top the Lord grants us some glimpse into His glory. Dear friends, no matter the situation, form the habit of going to the mountain top, it is a place of prayer and divine encounter, and it is a place where we experience the awesome glory of his presence. The glimpses of Jesus’ glory sustains us as we face the challenges of this life, to help strengthen us on the road that will, ultimately bring us, into the infinite and endless joy of heaven.
- Begin your prayer with this song, “Holy Ghost do it again, do it again in my life, open …”
- Thank the Lord for today’s reflection.
- Pray for God to increase your hunger to always go to the mountain top.
- O Lord, grant me a glimpse of Your glory. Amen.
- Father, manifest Your glory in my situation (name them) in the name of Jesus.
- Pray for the grace never to lose faith in times of difficulties.
Exercise: Encourage someone with this reflection.
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 3:18.