Can you remember a time when someone or something changed before your eyes and you saw goodness and beauty there that you never saw before, and you were deeply moved? It could be the beauty of nature: a river, a lake or the ocean, a sunrise, a sunset or the stars in a clear night sky. At a particular moment, and completely unexpected, as you look at one of these you are deeply touched; you can say to yourself what St. Peter said at the Transfiguration: “It is good for me to be here.” Or it could be the goodness and beauty of a person that suddenly shines out for you. It may be someone close to you who normally seems so ordinary, yet at a special moment is changed before your eyes and the person's wonderful beauty shines out. Parents may have this experience at the birth of their children or as they see them on First Communion day, all dressed up and glowing with wonder and excitement. At such moments they know that all the
sacrifices they make for their children are well worthwhile.
Goodness shines. Sometimes our experience of “transfiguration” happens in a religious setting. It may occur when we are praying alone, or when we drop into an empty church, or when we are at Mass, at a prayer meeting or on a pilgrimage. We may experience a deep peace or we may sense that God is present and loves and accepts us. It may be words that are transfigured. Something a family member or a friend says, strikes home in a way that person could never have imagined. It may be a homily that speaks so directly to me that it could have been meant for me alone. Or a passage from the Bible which I have heard many times before, but which suddenly comes alive; I can hear life story in those words. Maybe children have moments of transfiguration more often than adults because they have not lost their sense of wonder. The child may be on her knees looking at a beetle or a flower or a pool of water, and can sense what adults often cannot sense: that everything in God's creation is a wonder. As we recall the transfiguration we have seen, we are recalling our deep spiritual and religious experiences. We can treasure each of these when they occur and we can say, “It is good for us to be here”. Like the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, these experiences do not last. After a while we have to come back down to our ordinary lives. But forever afterwards we are encouraged and nourished by the memory of those times. In this life we glimpse the goodness and glory of God at special moments; in the next life, please God, we will see that goodness and beauty at every moment.
Prayer: God our Father, In the transfigured glory of Jesus, your Son you strengthen our faith by confirming the witness of your prophets, and you show us the splendor
of your beloved sons and daughters. As we listen to the voice of your Son, help us to
become heirs of eternal life with him.