Becoming Holy

To Be Truly Changed!

on August 6, 2013

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Today is the feast of the Transfiguration…the day Jesus took Peter, James and John to the top of the mountain and gave them a glimpse of the glory yet to come.  I want to be there!  I want to climb that mountain with Jesus and enjoy the hike with Peter, James and John.  I want to take a break, eat a sandwich and laugh with my four best friends. I can feel the breeze through the trees, hear the mountain stream beside me.  There is nowhere I’d rather be and no one I’d rather follow.  We’re almost to the top and suddenly I have to put my sunglasses on.  It is beyond bright.  I look at my hiking buddies and they are as confused as I am.  Then I look at Jesus and I see Moses and Elijah on either side of Him.  I should be in shock that two pillars of Judaism are with us~back from the dead, but I can’t even focus because Jesus is RADIANT with light.  I want to shield my eyes but I can’t even lift my hands.  I’m frozen.  Jesus is still Jesus but He is more than that.  Suddenly, in the midst of this transfiguration, I hear the voice of the Father saying, “This is my beloved Son.”  I know this is true.  I see this is true.  I’ve been given a glimpse of what is to come.

Entering into the story in my mind makes it so real and significant.  This is no longer just a nice story from the Gospel.  It belongs to me.  It belongs to each of us.  Jesus prepared the hearts of Peter, James and John to give them strength for what was ahead.  He knew they would need a glimpse of glory to make it through the trials and tribulation the early followers would face.  He knows WE need a glimpse of glory to face our own trials. Though we cannot be physically present on Mt. Tabor, we have been gifted with the retelling of the story.  We can be present in our hearts and apply the Gospel to our own lives.  Our goal in life should be to become more and more like Jesus Christ.  In the words of my favorite author, Matthew Kelly, “We cannot become more like Jesus Christ and stay exactly as we are.”  We have to CHANGE.  We need to be transformed.  Transfigured.  The trick is, we cannot do this on our own.  It’s a team effort.  We need to be open to the Spirit and to the glory God wants for us.  We need to enter the story.

To be truly changed, we need to follow our leader.  Climb the mountain.  Persevere to the top.  Stay focused.  Pay attention.  Listen for the voice of the Father.  Expect to see the Son revealed.  Get a glimpse of glory.  Be open to the change God wants for us.  Most importantly, when we come down from the mountain, we must remember what happened and LIVE what we saw!  Be the glory of God made visible in the world!  Be truly changed!

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