Monday, August 6, 2012
The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord!
What Peter said made no sense at all because the incident would not be a permanent one so why bother errecting tents? This was done for the purpose of strengthening their faith and for a direct revelation of the relationship between the Father and Jesus. At the same time what Peter said made more than perfect sense. It was indeed good that they were there! How blessed and set apart they were to be given such a revelation. All that they had been taught by Jesus to that point was solidified and confirmed there in that one incident.
What a lesson for all of us as well. It is good that they were there, but even better that we have a record of this account. It was through that revelation, that strengthening of the faith of the first Pope, that the Church of Christ was prepared so that we, in this day and in our time, can find it "good that we are here!" It is also through the example of those struggling Apostles, who day by day in the Gospel accounts, became transfigured themselves that we have an example of how we should live our lives.
They feasted daily on the word of Jesus, no matter how hard it was to chew and swallow. By their steady diet of the Word they and their lives became slowly transfigured into lives patterened after the Word. It is now up to us to do the same; feast daily on the Word, whether we can stomach it or not, trusting that Jesus will nourish our flesh and our souls. Then we too can be transfigured into ardent followers of the Word and be compelled to say, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here!"