The Transfiguration of the Lord (4th Luminous Mystery of the Rosary)
This was not a fiction, an illusion, a tale…it did happen since strong and mostly credible witnesses attest:
“Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him…” (Matt. 17)
Of course, there are always people who never want to believe extraordinary events such as the Transfiguration of Christ, the Miracles of Jesus and his own resurrection.
St Peter himself responds to the unbelievers as we can hear from his second Letter
“It was not any cleverly invented myths that we were repeating when we brought you the knowledge of the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; we had seen his majesty for ourselves. He was honoured and glorified by God the Father, when the Sublime Glory itself spoke to him and said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour.’ We heard this ourselves, spoken from heaven, when we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have confirmation of what was said in prophecies…”(2 Peter 1)
If we are certain that Jesus was transfigured, we still need to ask Him why he let his glory shine forth for a moment along with the mysterious apparition of Moses and Elijah.
If we consider the Transfiguration as a miracle, is it not an even greater miracle that Jesus kept his divine glory hidden for 33 years?
As the Church teaches along with the Fathers of the Church down the centuries, Jesus revealed his glory to his chosen witnesses to remove the scandal of the Cross from the hearts of his disciples who would be very tempted when Christ went through his Passion.
Another reason is to feed their hope that the sufferings on earth will one day end and we will be glorified in the likeness of Jesus’ glorious body for those who have been baptised in his death and resurrection.
Let us in turn grow in hope of obtaining that glorified body in heaven.