The apostles had a unique gift of knowing Jesus in the flesh and walking with Him on the earth. Peter, James, and John had a particularly intimate relationship with Him. These three were the ones that Jesus took special confidence in. He often took them aside with Him when He went off to pray. Today's feast celebrates one of those occasions: the Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor.
On that fateful day, Jesus "was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light." And a voice echoed down from Heaven, "This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."
In the second reading, Peter points to this miracle as part of his testimony. He testified to the divinity and power of Christ because he witnessed for Himself this event. It made me think...
Have I allowed myself to be moved by God's power and glory? Is my relationship with God so real that I can't help but share it with others? How have I experienced God's power and glory in my own life?
Even now, that's something that I need to strive for more. Prayer isn't always easy. I don't always feel God very strongly. But neither of those things are evidence that God is distant from me. One cannot comprehend God's closeness to a soul in a state of grace, and all the more so at Mass and following Communion.
Pray today for the grace to be filled with zeal and strength for a bold witness to the glory of God. St Peter, pray for us.
-Amanda Benner, Director of Evangelization