Luke 9: 28-36
from Pope St. John Paul II:
Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 9
I would imagine that the apostles initially followed Jesus because they just somehow knew that they’d be following Someone pretty glorious. I mean, they eat, drink, hang out with Jesus on a normal day-to-day basis. Learn from Him. Get to do miraculous and rebellious things.
But Jesus invites Peter, James, and John up on the mountain to see Him transfigured. They get to see Him even more glorified. Like, truly, the glorified face of Christ! Now THAT’S quite a privilege and gift!
Not only that, but even God the Father beholds His Son at the Transfiguration. Seeing Christ Transfigured, glorified, is definitely a gateway to seeing the Trinity and delighting in that knowledge and experience.
I’m drawn into that Communion expressed as the Trinity.
New resolve to live a life of holiness enlightened by Christ’s Transfiguration in order to dispel any darkness that I’m dealing with.
Further contemplation on what Pope St. John Paul II says about the Transfiguration:
To look upon the face of Christ, to recognize its mystery amid the daily events and the sufferings of his human life, and then to grasp the divine splendor definitively revealed in the risen Lord, seated in glory at the right hand of the Father: this is the task of every follower of Christ and therefore the task of each one of us.
The Transfiguration by Raphael // Wikipedia