The Transfiguration of Jesus
Today gospel’s which is about the transfiguration of Christ, God the Father said to the three who accompanied Jesus to the mountain: “This is my Beloved Son. Listen to Him,” (v. 7).
Jesus’ transfiguration was more than a merely external appearance. This is not a transformation only on the surface. The Greek word used by St. Mark to describe His transformation is the same as the word metamorphosis which means that Jesus’ form was changed as with a butterfly coming out from its pupa and become an adult insect. Elisabeth Elliot in her book, Keep a Quiet Heart, conveys the same message: “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the Creator calls a butterfly. As humanity we see only the imperfect, underside of God’s tapestry of our lives. What we judge to be ‘tragic – the most dreaded thing that could happen,’ I expect we’ll one day see as the awesome reason for the beauty and uniqueness of our life and our family,” (pp. 29-30).
The Transfiguration of Jesus is a foretaste of heaven or of the resurrection. He is telling them something like this: Do not panic that after His Passion and Death the glory of His resurrection will come. In the end everything will be all right. The transfiguration, in other words, is a reassurance of Jesus to the alarmed disciples.
Looking at the resurrected and glorified Christ, God the Father commands us to listen to Him.’ God the Father tells us to listen to Him, to try to be like Him, to copy Him and to make Him our role model.
In relation to this, I will tell you a true story which I read from Life Support that points to a universal truth about human beings: we learn best by imitation. Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge once invited friends from his hometown to dine with him at the White House. Unsure of their table manners, the guests decided to imitate the president. They watched closely to see which utensils he used, what foods he ate and when.
Their strategy seemed to succeed until coffee was served. Coolidge poured some coffee into his saucer. They did the same. He added sugar and cream. His guests did, too. Then the president bent over and put his saucer on the floor for the cat!
Like Coolidge’s hometown guests, we, too, seem to learn best by imitation. Kids learn by observing parents when they are young and by copying their peers as they grow older. They learn by observing television and movie characters as readily as the lives of actual people. Adults learn best by modeling a personality trait or skill in another which they want to adopt.
Perhaps you want to develop better social skills. Or maybe you want to learn how to organize, how to sell a product or relate to a child. Just about any trait or skill can be learned: find it in someone and copy it. And the best part is: you can do it today!
And so at the end, can we faithfully say to the Father: “That’s what I’ve always tried to do, to be like Christ in my life?” It is because listening to Jesus and making Him as our model of Christian life may lead us to narrow doors, to forgiveness of enemies and to turning the other cheek.
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