A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
November 16, 2019
Deacon Steve: So what does it mean for each of us to be transfigured?
August 5, 2017
Well, the way I see it we will probably not be transfigured until we die. To be transfigured means to be changed in such a way that includes being glorified. To be physically AND spiritually changed. To be different in a really good way.
In looking at a very fine homily on the Transfiguration by Father Killian Loch, O.S.B., I saw some particular insights that I deemed appropriate for this article and I incorporated a few of them.
We often hear spirit-filled persons speak of a “mountaintop experience.” I believe that the account of Jesus taking the three apostles up the mountain to share the time when all the glory of Heaven broke through to this old world, I think that is where that term originated. The apostles knew that something extremely beautiful and of great importance was taking place. Even though they were astounded and fearful, Peter says” Lord, it is good that we are here!” Jesus comforts them and says “…….do not be afraid.” For Peter, James, and John, this was the mountaintop experience that affirmed their closeness to Jesus and prepared them for what was to come.
We can and do experience powerful religious too. Sometimes God touches us and it seems we are in Heaven. Our fears, our anxieties, our problems and struggles are put into the perspective that, in God’s presence, they will be handled and in some way we will get through them. It is an experience that fills us with renewed faith and fervor and with hope and joy as well.
We may at times seek these experiences but more often they occur when least expected. It could be at Mass while we struggle to be attentive, it could be during a baptism or a wedding, or during the Sacrament of Confession. It could be during a retreat or day of recollection, or maybe even hearing a song on the radio.
For us it is not necessary to climb a mountain in order to have that mountain top experience. All we have to do is to be open to hearing the Voice of God speaking to us so that we don’t miss the time and place when our wonderful and wonder-filled God wants to enter more deeply into our lives.
We may never really find the words to describe our experience, but we will definitely know that we had an encounter with our Creator.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and thank our good and generous God for it!