There are many in the ‘Post-Christian West’ who, through their great pursuit of rationalism, argue that the ‘fanciful’ stories in the Scriptures are actually myths or ‘faith recollections’ of the Early Church. Primarily, these are scholars in the Jesus Seminar movement, among many others. Since they seem beyond belief, well, they must be beyond belief.
Today’s feast of the Transfiguration (nice pick by Matt, too) is one of the first to go (often with the Resurrection.) Yet, if we take the Scriptures as inherently true, something which is unfortunately not too in vogue these days, but it is growing, when we here St. Peter’s testimony, we should believe:
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
‘We possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.’ When we look at the Scriptures as a unified whole, made of many different books telling the one story of faith, the one story of salvation’ we see that today’s feast is a necessary event in preparing the Twelve (through these three) for the coming turmoil of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. Remember to put this into the context of Scripture, it comes shortly after Peter’s Confession of Faith (You are Peter, and upon this Rock I will build my Church), and is sandwiched between two predictions of Jesus’ Passion. He is trying to bolster them (AND US!) for upcoming trials.
Are we able to recognize the times Jesus takes us aside to strengthen our faith, to prepare us for our upcoming trials? Are we willing to step aside from our busy life to go and meet Jesus on the mountaintop?