Saturday, August 06, 2005

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration puzzles me. Jesus and the disciples go up to Mt. Tabor and see Elijah and Moses next to Jesus, who is now radiant and clad in stunning white garments. The disciples are terrified. Jesus comforts them and tells them not tell anybody.

The symbolism in this story is rich. Moses and Elijah -- the Law and the Prophet, surrounding the Son of Man. The radiance of Jesus in the presence of Moses refers to Moses' radiance in the presence of the Lord.

Why did Jesus tell them not to say anything? Maybe the time just wasn't right. After all, the Israelites couldn't handle the light from Moses. He had to put a veil over his face so that they could stand to look at him.