– The Transfiguration of the Lord –
‘They saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah,” Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”’ [Luke 5:39]
How often do we recognise the face of Jesus in our daily lives? How often does Jesus need to make himself blatantly obvious to us- dazzling us like a deer in the headlights- before we recognise the glory and grandeur of who God is?
While the Transfiguration of the Lord was a special moment, in fact, the only moment where Jesus reveals his true glorious and divine self to the three chosen disciples. While aware that something extraordinary was happening before their eyes, they failed to capture the full extent of what was going on. This is apparent by Peter’s statement “let us make three tents”. Peter, like us, can sometimes be locked in our own world and our particular situation and lose sight of the fact that we are part of a much bigger world.
The Transfiguration not only gives us a fleeting glimpse of Jesus in all his glory, but it is a taste of what is to come. Although we may never experience something as powerful as Peter, John and James did, every day in countless ways, God’s dazzling presence can break into our lives. Each of our Christ-like acts and our moments of turning to God are moments of “Transfiguration”.
Let’s ask God in our prayer today to give us the eyes to see him and recognise his glorious face in our lives.
by Arnie Hurdoyal
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