We celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus today. The First Reading is a vision of Daniel of the Ancient of days and the son of man. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him. This vision shows this son of man is someone who will eventually rule the world. This authority however was given to him by the Ancient of days.
Peter said in the Second Reading he was an eye-witness of his majesty. He concludes: we ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. By saying he is an eye-witness, Peter claims the Transfiguration did happen. The transfiguration confirms the message proclaimed by the Apostles and it is this message that is a lamp shining in the dark place.
The transfiguration happened immediately after Peter’s confession of Jesus and after Jesus told them he will suffer and die. This is the message the transfiguration confirms, that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God and that he will be handed over and will suffer and be crucified. This is the message that brings hope, that even if he died, Jesus is still the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Applying this to our lives, when things are dark and when things do not make sense, we look back and see how the Lord worked in our lives. It is these moments of salvation in the past that remind us of the power of God. This is our hope. This is what Peter said is the lamp that shines in the dark place. This is what keeps us going until Christ rises in our hearts.
The Psalm tells us the Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
- Clouds and thick darkness are all around him. When God enters our lives there will be darkness not because of the absence of light, but the abundance of light.
- Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. God does what is right and what is just. He does what is good for us.
- The mountains melt like wax before the Lord. Whatever we used to trust will crumble. Things that were stable will fall. Our world will be shaken.
- The heavens proclaim his righteousness and all people see his glory. This is the time when we will see his glory.
Do not be afraid when your world is crumbling, or when things are dark because God is here in the midst of the chaos of your life. Look back and see how God worked in your life and see his glory.
Lord, let me see your glory. You are Lord of all the earth. You are God and all creation bows down to you. When things are dark or crumbling around me, let me look back and remember the great things you have done for me. Let me remember you are God and you will do what is right and good for me.