This week we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
There are moments in our lives that are transforming. We celebrate one such occasion in this Feast. It was a defining moment for the human race. Some suggest that on this mountain Jesus began to understand what lay ahead for him…his rejection by his own people, his suffering and violent death. Peter remembers the occasion quite well, more so after the coming of the Holy Spirit. Many of us do not get the point of our mountain experience at the time. What caused Peter to write in rather forceful terms we do not know for certain, but his words remain with us today.
“It was not any cleverly invented myths that we were repeating when we brought you the knowledge of the power and the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ; we had seen his majesty for ourselves.”
The gift of Jesus is the most important gift that this world has received. It was rejected by the chosen race in Peter and Paul’s time, and many cultures and nations and families and individuals have rejected Him in succeeding generations. Many generations have believed, and still do, and our world has been changed for the better. However, in an age of experimenting and questioning about almost everything, can the voice of faith be heard?
Jesus told the Apostles to “Stand up and be not afraid.” That takes courage, conviction, and solid experiential knowledge. That is what we are called to do, not just for ourselves or to swell the numbers, but for the sake of the nation. We are called to show the distracted, bored, disillusioned and disenchanted face of our God and point the way to the grace we enjoy.
Such an approach led Peter and Paul, not only to Rome, but to life eternal…and we still remember them.