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Irene Trujillo wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What is meant by the Transfiguration?

Irene

  { What is meant by the Transfiguration? }

Mike replied:

Hi Irene,

This sounds like a test question so I hesitate answering it but in case it is not:

This is the New Advent article on the topic:

Paraphrased, it states:

The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end. Moreover, this glorious event has been related in detail by St. Matthew 17:1-9, St. Mark 9:1-8, and St. Luke 9:28-36, while St. Peter (2 Peter 1:16-18) and St. John (John 1:14), two of the privileged witnesses, make allusion to it.

About a week after His sojourn in Cæsarea Philippi, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was transfigured before their ravished eyes. The Synoptic Gospels explain the true meaning of the word by adding his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow, according to the Vulgate, or as light, according to the Greek text.

This dazzling brightness which emanated from His whole Body was produced by an interior shining of His Divinity. False Judaism had rejected the Messias, and now true Judaism, represented by Moses and Elias, the Law and the Prophets, recognized and adored Him, while for the second time God the Father proclaimed Him His only-begotten and well-loved Son.

By this glorious manifestation the Divine Master, who had just foretold His Passion to the Apostles (Matthew 16:21), and who spoke with Moses and Elias of the trials which awaited Him at Jerusalem, strengthened the faith of his three friends and prepared them for the terrible struggle of which they were to be witnesses in Gethsemane, by giving them a foretaste of the glory and heavenly delights to which we attain by suffering.

Here is a secularized definition from Dictionary.com

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I hope this helps,

Mike

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