Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
What is the transfiguration? Simply put the transfiguration is the moment in which Jesus reveals Himself to be God. I know this might sound strange because you are probably thinking to yourself, hasn't He already revealed himself to be God? Hasn't Jesus already shown us that he has divine power in his miracles and the things that he says and does? Well yes, he has, but as we know his Apostles were very stubborn, much like ourselves. He had to go out of his way to be so clear, so precise, and so obvious as to literally transform His human body into a Divine body so that it could be made abundantly clear to His Apostles that he can only ever be God, and not just some lesser miracle worker.
If I am being honest, I always knew that the transfiguration was important, but it never really had any importance to me. I understand its significance but practically and spiritually speaking I never saw it as something that was really important to my own personal spiritual growth. However, as I am writing this reflection, I am finding myself realizing more and more its significance because I know that Jesus is God because of the things that he has said and done in my life and through scripture and the teachings of the Church. I know that Jesus is God, yet I am needing a transfiguration in my life. I am in a place where I am just in desperate need of Jesus to reveal himself to me with everything that's going on in our world in addition to all the stuff that I have going on personally. It's really hard to not have any kind of understanding of what Jesus is doing in my life, or what Jesus is doing in the world around me. I like the stubborn Apostles am in need of a transfiguration moment. I need Jesus right now, that means that I need to do something different. The Apostles saw Jesus one way all the time, but it wasn’t until Christ did something different and transfigured himself, that the Apostles see Christ new and understand him more fully. I am going to take some time and reflect on what I am doing, go to the Sacraments, and try to just be with my God and seek him in prayer knowing that maybe nothing will change. However, if I seek my God then I am seeking his will, and there is great peace in knowing that.
It is ok to feel lost, it is ok to know in your head who Jesus is, and at the same moment struggling with knowing him in your heart. What is not ok is not seeking Him, and other people in your life, who can help you remember that Jesus is God.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Where have I seen the Lord revealed?
Where am I in need of transfiguration?
How can I seek Christ in a new way?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Jesus, make your presence known."
"Lord, change my heart."
"I want to know you, Lord."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Sit with the story of the Transfiguration and reflect on how the Lord is using this story to transform your own life.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Liuzzi, a middle school religion teacher at St. John the Evangelist School in St John, IN.
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