Study: What sources of faith bring light to your life in wisdom and knowledge – Scripture, Catechism, Sacraments?
Pray: How does prayer strengthen you? Is it in silence, with music, in faith sharing, or at Mass?
Service: How do you bring light to the lives of others? What acts of kindness & charity help others, especially in their struggles and challenges?
Have you ever been outside on an overcast day? On cloudy days I find myself longing for the sun. Everything looks drab and gray, and the world appears lifeless and cold.
On occasion there will be a break in the clouds, and sunlight will flood the landscape. In a moment everything changes. Colors appear, water sparkles, and the brightness makes your eyes squint.
It’s not that the landscape changed. Everything is the same as before. What is different is the light which gives our eyes a new perspective. The light brings out the glory and beauty which we could not notice earlier.
In the Gospel today Jesus leads Peter, James and John up a mountain to pray. The Lord, whom they had known now for some time, suddenly changes before them. The man they knew now is revealed as a mighty and powerful person, surrounded by great figures from the past and authorized by the Father’s voice.
The disciples don’t know what to do or say. Overcome by the glory of Jesus, Peter starts talking without even knowing his own words. The Lord’s transfiguration changes what they know about Jesus; he is no longer just the teacher – he has been revealed in a profound way as God’s son.
He is still the same man they knew: the teacher, the healer, the kind and gentle friend. Yet suddenly they discover that he is much, much more. His power and authority are revealed, even if for just a moment. A ray of light has shown the disciples that they are in the savior’s midst.
As the Lord approaches his suffering and death in Jerusalem, his transfiguration reveals that the Cross will not be the end of the story. His glory and might will transcend his earthly pain, for as the disciples have seen on the mountain, Jesus is the Lord of all creation.
Sometimes we, too, need a ray of light in our lives. Caught in darkness or doubt, we can become gloomy, despondent, sarcastic, or fearful. It is at these moments that we call to God for the sight which will help us see the hope and peace within life.
The transfiguration does not take away pain; it shows that God is greater than the suffering and struggle of life. May we look to the Lord’s example to find the ray of light we need in our dark moments.