Jesus appeared in the fullness of His glory to Peter, James and John on Mt. Tabor. Peter, James and John fell prostrate in fear in an inability to process what has happening. “But Jesus came and touched them, saying, 'Rise, and do not be afraid.'” (Mt. 17:7).
The Gospel message is for us today. First, we see the Transfiguration as a glimpse of the experience that the Lord is calling us into forever: To know God as He really is and to gaze upon Him in His fullness. Second, we look at the reason why Jesus took Peter, James and John up the mountain. It was not to merely dazzle or impress them, but rather to prepare them for His passion. “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill Him and He will be raised on the third day.”(Mt. 17:22-23). The bible is full of God preparing His people. God wants to prepare us for what He has in store for our lives.
Have you ever been asked by someone “what have you ever seen God do?” Do we have an answer? The Lord wants us to know Him, to touch our lives. If He has touched your life, then you need to ask yourselves what does that mean. Yes, it shows that He loves us, but that He also has prepared us for what lies ahead.
“My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials” (Sirach 2:1). The Lord comes into our lives and touches us in preparation for the trials that lay ahead. We need to be attentive, ready, and faithful. To dig in and trust, and let the Lord be our strength. God has already started to prepare us, and we need to be disciples of Jesus in the full sense of the word. In times of trial can I look back in faith and see how the Lord has prepared me?