The Transfiguration of Jesus

Mark 9: 2-13
Jas 3: 1-10 / Ps 12: 2-5, 7-8

Master, it is good to be here ….
(Mark 9: 5)

Lead me Lord to Your heights sublime,
And there behold Your radiant face;
In Your presence bide for a time,
To be empowered by Your grace.

Jesus took Peter, James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his garments became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good to be here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around they no longer saw any one but Jesus alone with them. And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them not to tell anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant. And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” And he said to them, “Elijah will indeed come first to restore all things; and how is it written of the Son of Man, that he must suffer greatly and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.” (Mark 9: 2-13)


The ambiance in a high mountain can really engender positive feelings like those felt by Peter, James and John when they accompanied Jesus on Mt. Hermon. “Master, it is good to be here.” Perhaps this is the reason why some of us keep going back to Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the country, at least once a year. How serene and peaceful it is at the top. Save for the whistling sound of an occasional wind passing through the mountain’s crevices, the deep silence at the peak evokes feelings of intimacy with the holy mountain’s Creator, such that one cannot help but meditate in deep prayer. Seeing some clouds beneath your feet, it feels as if heaven must be just nearby. No wonder many of the great events in the Bible happened on mountaintops. Abraham’s faith was tested on Mt. Moriah, where he brought his son Isaac to be sacrificed. Moses received the tablets of God’s covenant on Mt. Sinai. Elijah held his contest with the false prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. And we read about Jesus going up to the high mountains to pray, being transfigured at Mt. Hermon, meeting His destiny at the mount of Olives, and finally dying on the mountain of Calvary.

As Jesus showed us many times in the Gospel, all of us need to spend quiet moments of meditation with our heavenly Father for our own transfiguration (transformation). We need to hear His voice in our prayer time and in His Word, the Holy Bible. Nothing is impossible for us when we come to believe that what we are doing is according to His will. As the Book of Wisdom assures us: Those who trust in God shall understand truth, and shall abide with Him in love: because grace and mercy are with His holy ones, and His care is with His elect (Wis.3:9). We also have complete trust in the words of Psalm 91: You have the Lord for your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold. No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. Whoever clings to Me I will deliver; whoever knows My Name I will set on high. I will satisfy them and show them My saving power (Ps.91:9-16).

Father God, grant that I may hear Your voice in quiet moments with You, reassuring me of Your love, so that nothing will be impossible for me to do for Your glory. Amen.

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