Reflections on the Transfiguration

"Let the Fire Fall"

We read on Sunday, “Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” (Mat 17:1-2)

Raniero Cantalamessa writes in his book, ‘The Mystery of the Transfiguration.’ ” However, the Transfiguration of Christ concerns his mystical body not only in  the next life but in this life as well. Saint Paul twice uses the verb meaning ‘to be transformed’ (in Greek ‘to be transfigured’ and ‘to be transformed’ are the same word) in reference to Christians, and in both texts they indicate something that happens here and now: ‘Be transformed by the renewal of your minds.’ (Rom 12:2) In the second text Paul also explains how that will happen: ‘And all of you, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though…

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