Jesus’ Transfiguration was one of the most magnificent displays of God’s glory the world has seen. The purpose of the Transfiguration was to give all of us a deeper understanding of who he is. So let’s see what we can learn from it.
Clearly, this was a dramatic revelation for Peter, James, and John. They never forgot what happened that day. Decades after it happened, John wrote, “We saw his glory”(John 1:14). Peter said, “We had been eyewitnesses of his majesty… when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory” (2 Peter 1:16, 17).
The Transfiguration showed them that the kingdom of God would be characterized by glory. But it also encouraged and strengthened them for the ordeal of the cross that lay before them. For the glory of God comes not only through displays of magnificence, but also through self- giving love—a love that embraces even death.
The Holy Spirit wants us to learn both of these concepts of glory. He wants us to see that Jesus is glorified every time we worship him at Mass and every time we go out of our way to help someone. When when we reverence him during Eucharistic adoration, and every time we confess our sins or forgive someone who has hurt us. Let these lessons about glory and self-giving love sink into your heart. Ask him to take your every act of love and fill it with his presence. It really is possible for us to live “for the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:12).