The Transfiguration revealed the divine glory of God in Jesus to his three disciples. The event allowed the disciples to contemplate the glory of God which they had never seen before. By allowing the disciples to contemplate the manifestation of his harmonious divine and human oneness, Christ transmitted his joy into their hearts giving them the hope that they could become transfigured like him when they rise with him from their death. With this glorious and transcendent experience which was beyond human manufacture, Christ empowered his disciples to remain faithful to him despite the trials and tribulations ahead once entered into Jerusalem. What is more, at the Transfiguration, there were Elijah and Moses who had been respectively known in the Old Testament as the Law Giver and the Miracle Worker of God’s power. Here, the event of Transfiguration brought about an organic transfer of God’s law and power from Moses and Elijah to the New Testament beholders; Peter, James and John. In this way, the Transfiguration allowed the Old Testament to be transfigured by Jesus too. As the voice of the Father indicates, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ Sunday 10.30 am Finally, contemplating the Transfiguration of our Lord, each of us is also called to contemplate the divine glory of God in our midst. To contemplate the transfiguration of Jesus in today’s time, we don’t go about searching for something new which excites us for a short moment like a new product of technology , but we must humbly contemplate the Transfigured Jesus in the Eucharist so that receiving him, we might become transfigured too.
Fr. Tien Cao