Fr. Serg Kabalaman, CJM
While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.
The glory of Jesus was revealed to his inner circle of disciples as he was praying. Jesus was radiant for he truly is the Light of the world. His glory was meant to show that he is the fulfillment of both the law and the prophets. He is the promised one. Against all appearances of powerlessness and defeat come the day of Jesus’ trials, suffering and death, this experience would prepare them and bolster their faith and courage. Finding inner strength from who Jesus truly is, they were to be the focal points that would hold together this nascent and fragile group of followers of the Nazarene until the full Revelation of Christ’s glory at Resurrection, at which point they would be sent on a mission to the ends of the world.
Strictly speaking, the Transfiguration of the Lord therefore belongs to the Resurrection. At that moment, the experience would be etched in their hearts and set them ablaze! They would be drawn into this fullness of Jesus’ self-revelation, and be compelled to witness to the Good News by word and deed. That was how the evangelization was embraced and proclaimed by the first disciples. They spoke of Jesus with so much passion and sincerity that people who heard of their proclamation saw the truth and were moved. They saw the light of Jesus burning in them that it was an easy slide to profess one’s faith. In other words, the light of the Transfigured Christ shone in both the bearers and the receivers, from one generation to the next. The passion to live and spread the Good news was very personal, alive and dynamic!
Today, over 2,000 years removed from the actual experience of Jesus’ glory, we must ask where did the passion go? Why are very few hearts remain ablaze? Why are we, in general, not so drawn to live and share the Good News? As members of the one Body of Christ, why are we not manifesting the Transfigured Christ in our family, community and society? Why is the Light of Jesus flickering in the way we live especially in the darkness of life’s challenges in all aspects of human endeavor, including the Church? Could it be that we have not yet truly encountered Jesus in the way that the first disciples did?
We are meant to this generation’s bearers of the Light in the world that sorely needs it! We need to recover what is lacking in the transmission, reception and nourishment of our faith. The Word of God has never lost its power to move the hearts of men and women. We just need to allow it to come to us in the fullness of Jesus’ Glory!
O Jesus, our light and our mercy, set our hearts on fire with the glory of your love that we may be renewed to become once more your Church driven by your mission! Amen.