Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration, one of the five turning points in Christ’s journey, it is a turning point. (The five are Baptism, Transfiguration, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension.)
Christ takes his apostles to a mountain (probably Mount Tabor). Mountains are symbols of revelations in Scripture, and this one certainly is: where human nature meets Jesus. It is a connecting point.
Having journeyed for 7 or 8 days to get there, the disciples are weary. They rest. Jesus prays. As he prays his face changes and his clothes are dazzling white. Light is symbolic; in today’s Old Testament reading, Moses returns from a mountain with the Ten Commandments, and a face shining so much that he wears a veil. Suddenly, the disciplines see two more men with Jesus – Moses, the Giver of the Laws and Elijah, the Restorer of the Laws. The beautiful symbolism is that the old laws are giving way to the new Law of Christ Jesus. Just in case the disciples missed the point, God speaks from a cloud – “This is my Son, the Chosen – (check) listen to him.” What further proof could the disciples need that Jesus was the Messiah?
What further proof do we need? God has shown us that the Way of Jesus is our way – and His. “Listen to him.”
Thanks be to God.
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington