Jesus is mysteriously transfigured in a preview of His Resurrected Body. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by seeking the Gift of Piety from the Holy Spirit so he can glorify and rely on the Spirit and by growing in the Virtue of Hope so he can joyously anticipate his own glorified body.
6th Week in Ordinary Time – Saturday – Mk 9:2-13
After promising some would not taste death before seeing the Kingdom of God coming into power, Jesus leads His “inner circle” (Peter, James, John) on the “6th day” (Mt 17:1, Mk 9:2) up a “high mountain” (traditionally, Mt. Tabor) to witness His Transfiguration (“to change the shape of”). Symbolically, the “6th day” echoes the Genesis act of creating man on the 6th day and prefigures the “New Creation” of the Life in Christ. The mountaintop setting recalls Moses’ encounter with God that caused his face to shine; at the Transfiguration, Jesus is illuminated with supernatural brilliance. The Transfiguration is a supernatural event of immense significance because God in the Trinity is made manifest.
Jesus is “transfigured before them, and His garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them”; like His Father, Jesus is “light from light” with a holiness beyond earthly possibility, and He allows His divinity to be revealed to the Apostles. Jesus summons Moses (representing the Law) and Elijah (representing the Prophets) to bear witness that He perfectly fulfills all Law and Prophecy in the New Covenant. Confirming His Divinity and the reality of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit appears as a cloud, and God the Father confirms, “This is My Beloved Son; listen to Him.”
Stunned, confused and frightened because they have encountered God; Peter wants to make three booths, perhaps to prolong the heavenly experience. Suddenly, after God the Father speaks, Jesus is alone. Jesus reconfirms that He will rise from the dead and the Apostles are not to disclose His Transfiguration until then.
Be awed by Jesus Christ
As the inner circle of Apostles were dumbfounded with awe and fear, be awed by how Jesus reveals His Divinity in the Gospel accounts of The Transfiguration (CCC 554-556): Divine Power, He reveals His Transfigured Body, a preview of His Glorified Body which emits a blinding light; Son of God, He has the authority and power to command the greatest of souls (Moses, Elijah) to return from the dead to present themselves to Him; Son of the Father, He is embraced by God the Father; Divine King and greatest Leader, He prepares His inner core of leaders by showing His Divine Presence, giving them a sustaining Hope for the coming trials of His Passion.
Glorify and rely on the indwelling Spirit
Realize: While the Holy Spirit can seem mysterious, distant, and fleeting like a cloud, in reality, He resides in the soul of every baptized Catholic man and desires to help him grow in virtue and draw ever closer to God the Father and Christ Jesus.
Believe: Reflect upon the marvelous blessing of The Holy Spirit (CCC 683-747).
Pray: Most Holy Spirit, give me the Gift of Piety so I joyously accept the reality of Your indwelling Presence, I give You thanks and praise, and I seek Your supernatural help in my daily battle to grow in virtue and holiness.
Joyously anticipate your glorified body
Realize: Because every man is challenged by physical suffering due to illness, injury and the effects of age, it can be difficult to imagine the glory and joyous delight of his resurrected body. In the Transfiguration, Jesus, with His Divine Mercy, gives every man a glimmer of what his resurrected body will be like.
Believe: Reflect upon the reality of the Resurrection of the Dead (CCC 988-1019).
Pray: Almighty and Most Merciful Father, help me build the Virtue of Hope so I can patiently endure the inevitable suffering of my physical body and joyously anticipate the glorified body You will give me at my resurrection.