Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

The Transfiguration of Our Lord: Three Reflections

TransfigurationThis subject, considered from its exterior aspect, has produced one of the most wonderful pictures in the world.  But much greater and more admirable is the signification it has for souls as a symbol and a mystery.  Reach the account in the holy Gospel (Matthew 17:2-9) and make for your own profit three reflections.

First, the event takes place on a mountain.  If you wish to be transfigured, give yourself to prayer, which is the elevation of the soul to divine heights.

Second, this transfiguration must embrace your whole being: first the interior, figured by the face of Jesus shining like the sun; then your exterior works, signified by His garments white as snow.

Third, if you desire to attain to this glorious transfiguration without first sharing in the Passion of Jesus, He will rightly observe of you as the Gospel does of St. Peter: “You know not what you say.”  Alas!  Do you not merit this reproach by your aversion for even the lightest crosses?

Prayer: Incomprehensible Abyss of God, no creature can contain Thee!

Practice: Admire with St. Thomas the harmony of the works of Redemption.  “As the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity appear in the baptism of Jesus, which represents the mystery of the first regeneration, so in the Transfiguration which represents the second regeneration (by glory), the whole Trinity appears anew: the Father in the voice, the Son in the Man-God, the Holy Ghost in the bright cloud.”

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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