Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s Gospel we see Jesus reveal his divinity to the disciples. He was transfigured before them, his clothes turned dazzling white and his face was illuminated like the sun.
We, like Jesus, have also been transfigured, our souls have become dazzling white as our sins were washed away by the blood of the lamb and our faces were illuminated by the love of Jesus filling our hearts. We were forever changed at the moment of our salvation.
A Lakota holy man, Nicholas Black Elk, was forever changed when Jesus called him to servitude. Nicholas incorporated the love of Jesus into his native spirituality and changed the lives of many native people. His deep love of Jesus showed others that you can hold on to your identity and still follow Christ.
—Deacon Marlon Leneaugh is the Director of Native Ministries in the Diocese of Rapid City, SD.
Nicholas, walk with us today in our spiritual journey. Help us to be the face of Christ to others.
—Deacon Marlon Leneaugh