Moses and Elijah spoke to Jesus about his departure from this life, which was to take place in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had fallen asleep; but they awoke suddenly, and they saw his glory and the two
men standing with him. As Moses and Elijah were about to leave, Peter—not knowing what to say—said to
Jesus, “Master, how good it is for us to be here! Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and
one for Elijah.” And no sooner had he spoken, than a cloud appeared and covered them; and the disciples
were afraid as they entered the cloud.
Then these words came from the cloud, “This is my Son, my Beloved,
listen to him.” And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was there alone. The disciples kept this to themselves
at the time, telling no one of anything they had seen.
Jesus was transfigured and the disciples were so transfixed by the sight that Peter wanted to eternalize the
moment. But then, Jesus was soon back to his normal appearance and they descended the mountain; but
I believe the impact of the vision was so great that those three disciples didn’t look at him the same way as
before. For they knew who he truly was. Couldn’t this be true of us as well? Every human being around us,
despite their ordinary appearance, carries the hidden glory of God, the very image and likeness. If only we
could see into them and eternalize it in our vision! We would then remove our sandals (cf. Ex 3:5) and walk
with respect on the holy ground we share with them. But when this vision fails, we reduce the other to the
kind of disfiguration at Hiroshima, the painful memory of which we ironically observe on this same day.
[see the reflection on February 19]
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