Transfiguration: Second Sunday of Lent

ON the second week of Lent, we read and reflect on the Transfiguration of Jesus. The event that Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us took place up a high mountain. The Transfiguration is an episode that gives us a glimpse of both Jesus’s humanity and his divinity. Here Jesus is also able to reassure his friends – and us – that there is no need to be afraid, even as we witness such extraordinary events.

Undoubtedly, the purpose of the transfiguration of Christ into at least a part of his heavenly glory was so that the disciples could gain a greater understanding of who Jesus was. Christ underwent a dramatic change in appearance in order that the disciples could behold him in his glory. The disciples, who had only known him in his human body, now had a greater realisation of the deity of Christ, though they could not fully comprehend it.