This suggests that His prayer was also about the way ahead of Him, especially since just before, Jesus had also confronted His disciples with the first message of suffering. We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain." What does the word “transfiguration” mean? The point of the Transfiguration was to reinforce the staggering faith of the apostles. He told them, "We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. Keywords: Transfiguration, deification, divinization, theosis, holiness, glory of God, conversion, redemption, salvation, deacon Keith Fournier. Or if someone asks me how long I will be on a trip to Germany in September, then I will answer “About two weeks.” One understands it to mean 14 days, another maybe 10 days, my children hope 16 days… Luke speaks of about eight days here, so he does not make a precise statement. He virtually never acted without witnesses, so that His life and ministry are so well attested to and witnessed as no other event occurring more than 200 years ago. We will all be transfigured, as the Lord Himself was transfigured, when our redemption is complete in the Resurrection of the Body. In that passage he tells us that the transfiguration, of which he was a witness, carried this significance. But it doesn’t stop there: now also Moses and Elijah appear on the scene. This verse has always been a bit bothersome. The Christian life is a meant to be a real participation in the Divine Nature, every day. The word "transfiguration" comes from the Latin roots trans - ("across") and figura ("form, shape"). The Transfiguration makes clear that the Old Covenant is abolished because Jesus fulfilled the law. The Beloved Disciple John used this event of the Transfiguration as what theology often calls a hermeneutic, a lens, through which he gave the early Christians a deeper insight into their difficulties, struggles and mission. He loved all who were His own in this world (John 13:1). The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. This is an extraordinary Feast of hope which can help us to live differently, right now. From the earliest centuries, the Christian Church has emphasized the centrality of the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you. As already mentioned, the disciples were asleep. End in the philosophical and theological sense means purpose or goal. The path up the mountain proceeds through prayer and encounter. The Transfiguration account invites us to reflect on what this can mean for us - beginning right now. Obviously, James, John and Peter were good sleepers, because they slept not only in the Garden of Gethsemane, but also here during the Transfiguration (Luke 9:32a). The truth is this is the ancient and ever new Catholic Christian faith. (Lk 9:28b-36). As they lived their lives no longer for themselves but for Him they began to undergo their own trials and walked the way to their own transfiguration. He has invited us into a new way of living in Him through living within the communion of the Church. He was grounding them in the eternal Truth, and opening up for the countless millions who would hear this story from their faithful witness a glimpse of the Glory that is to come as we also choose Him in our daily lives. This reality is meant to affect the way we live our lives beginning right now. Born again, we are all invited to join with Peter, James and John and cry out today: "It is good for us to be here.". Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. The only prophet who did not die, but was raptured; the prophet who once led the people out of Baal worship, and who is also associated with the return of the Lord Jesus (cf. The statement of the Lord Jesus cannot actually refer to His future return in power and glory, nor to the millennial kingdom, because then His statement that some would not taste death until that event would be difficult to explain. In his first letter to the early Churches, he encouraged them to persevere and live differently by referring to the event that occurred on that Mountain. As we reflect on the Transfiguration of Jesus today, and in the days to come, let us enter more deeply into the mystery it reveals by living in the Transfiguration now. Now grace is at the center. He unequivocally demands it of us. Both what happened to Moses and Elijah, as well as the Transfiguration, are secrets and the personal intervention of God, which overrides all laws of nature, let alone all human logic.