Transfiguration---Holy Days and Saints

The Transfiguration of Jesus
The Transfiguration is the last painting by the Italian High Renaissance master painter Raphael.

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured---or changed---and becomes radiant in glory upon a mount. The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36) describe it, and the Second Epistle of Peter also refers to it (2 Peter 1:16-18). It has also been hypothesized that the first chapter of the Gospel of John alludes to it too (John 1:14).  
Jesus and three of his apostles---Peter, James, and John---go to a mountain (The Mount of Transfiguration) to pray. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. The prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to Him, and Jesus speaks with them. Jesus is then called “Son!” by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus. The Transfiguration is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This miracle is unique among the others that appear in the gospels because the miracle happens to Jesus Himself. Thomas Aquinas considered The Transfiguration of Jesus to be “the greatest miracle” because it complemented baptism and showed the perfection of life in Heaven. The Transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in the life of Jesus, the others being Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.
The Transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting of the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place of the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus Himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between Heaven and earth. Christians consider The Transfiguration to fulfill an Old Testament messianic prophecy that Elijah would return again after Jesus’ Ascension. (Malachi 4:5-6)


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