“There in their presence he was transfigured.”
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
The transfiguration happens amid challenges in Jesus’ ministry, and shortly before the passion. Jesus may have been struggling at this point with his sense of mission and fears about the future. It was also just after the disciples had been rattled by what Jesus had said predicting his death.
We also find ourselves in a difficult time, with all the fears and struggles of living through a pandemic. Like the disciples, our faith may have taken a knock. We may wonder where God has been or be doubting the meaning and purpose of our lives. Where is God? Will we ever get to the other side of this? We may be grieving the loss of loved ones or a way of working that is no longer possible for us.
For Jesus, and those who were with him, the experience of the transfiguration was a rare and life-transforming moment. They could never forget what they had seen and felt on that mountain. It was an experience of such power and significance that it was indelibly imprinted on their memories.
Especially at this time, it may help us think back on our own lives. Are there any transfiguration moments that we can recall – when we had a powerful experience of God’s closeness, our identity and mission? It might be a moment we experienced in prayer or an event that stands out for us – the birth of a child or making of a commitment. Perhaps simply an “out of the blue” deep conviction of being loved and chosen by God.