The Transfiguration of Our Lord
The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life,
as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end. Moreover,
this glorious event has been related in detail by St. Matthew (17:1-6), St.
Mark (9:1-8), and St. Luke (9:28-36), while St. Peter (2 Peter 1:16-18) and
St. John (1:14), two of the privileged witnesses, make allusion to it.
About a week after His sojourn in CÃ¦sarea Philippi, Jesus took with him
Peter and James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was
transfigured before their ravished eyes. St. Matthew and St. Mark express
this phenomenon by the word metemorphothe, which the Vulgate renders
transfiguratus est. The Synoptics explain the true meaning of the word by
adding "his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as
snow," according to the Vulgate, or "as light," according to the Greek text.
This dazzling brightness which emanated from His whole Body was produced by
an interior shining of His Divinity. False Judaism had rejected the Messias,
and now true Judaism, represented by Moses and Elias, the Law and the
Prophets, recognized and adored Him, while for the second time God the
Father proclaimed Him His only-begotten and well-loved Son. By this glorious
manifestation the Divine Master, who had just foretold His Passion to the
Apostles (Matthew 16:21), and who spoke with Moses and Elias of the trials
which awaited Him at Jerusalem, strengthened the faith of his three friends
and prepared them for the terrible struggle of which they were to be
witnesses in Gethsemani, by giving them a foretaste of the glory and
heavenly delights to which we attain by suffering.
From the Catholic Encyclopedia (1912) - http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15019a.htm
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