Luke 9:28-36 NRSVue

28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They appeared in glory and were speaking about his exodus, which he was about to fulfill in Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep, but as they awoke they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us set up three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah,” not realizing what he was saying. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Some thoughts on this scripture

‘Unless the people have vision, they perish’ (Proverbs 29:18). Jesus here presents to his disciples a saving vision of future glory shortly before his Passion. In our dark times we too need a hope-filled vision of a better future, or else we can perish. We need to know that our fragile but tragic world is charged with hidden glory, which will be revealed in God’s good time.

The Eucharist gives that vision day after day. Across the world it provides an ongoing silent witness to transfiguration, for in it ‘creation is projected to divinisation, and is a source of light and motivation for our concerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation’ (Laudato Si 236). In the Eucharist I meet the God who is active in transforming the world. This saves me from perishing in despair.