This weekend we find ourselves celebrating the feast of our Lord’s transfiguration instead of the 18th Sunday in Ordinary time. We remember that Jesus wanted to grant his closest friends a preview of the glory of his resurrection. He had just foretold his death and rising, but his followers struggled to make sense of it. It’s easy for us to find glory in the resurrection or the transfiguration. There doesn’t seem to be anything glorious about Jesus’ humiliating death on the cross and yet through faith we know that his sacrifice is glorious indeed.
In our lives we can all identify those mountaintop experiences we wish would never end, whether it be the birth of a first child or a complete recovery from a very serious illness. Many crosses find their way into our lives as well. The periods of terrible grief after the loss of a loved one or a fulfilling job come to mind. As painful as these experiences may be, God can use them as vehicles to impart his grace and to lead us to a deeper faith. God’s glory can shine through both through the good and what appears to be anything but good.
May God grant us the spiritual maturity to recognize it.
Peace, Fr. Steve