The Fourth Luminous Mystery: the Transfiguration
|taken from The Lamb on the Altar blog|
The Scripture, from Mark 9:2-9 (New Jerusalem Bible):
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain on their own by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: 3 his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. 4 Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus.
5 Then Peter spoke to Jesus, ‘Rabbi,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ 6 He did not know what to say; they were so frightened.
7 And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’
8 Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus. 9 As they were coming down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of man had risen from the dead.
I have to admit that I sometimes wonder how Peter, who not only saw Jesus face to face but beheld Him in His glory, could still have denied Him, but then I think of all the wonders I’m shown and yet I still don’t pray as I should. There are times when I wish for a Eucharistic miracle so I could see the glory behind the veil, but then I’m reminded of St Louis’ words when a Eucharistic miracle was occurring in his city. When someone came to get him to come and see it, he simply stated that he didn’t need to see it because it wouldn’t change his faith or beliefs any – he already knew Jesus was in the Eucharist and didn’t need to see a miracle to prove it. I do not doubt it, either, though I still think a Eucharistic miracle would be awesome to behold. Of course, the Mass itself is a miracle and is awesome to behold, so should I not feel the same way about that as I would about seeing, say, Lanciano?
This passage also reminds me to ask God to help me see others as they truly are, for appearances can be deceiving. I have to often ask to see others as He does, so I may learn to love as He does. I’m definitely a long way off from being there yet.