Meditation and Questions on the Transfiguration
Luke 9: 28-43
After reading the account in Luke as to how Jesus changed in appearance on the mountain top, prepare to quietly meditate on the story.
Jesus tried to prepare his apostles for his coming death. As we prepare to remember what he has gone through for us, Let’s get into a mood of quiet reflection by sitting quietly, eyes closed, breathing deeply and letting the cares of the day go by. Think of how it was to be with Jesus as he spoke to the crowds and traveled with his friends. Picture yourself with them. You have been camping overnight at the foot of a mountain and Jesus wakes you along with his three friends, Peter, John and James. “Come up with me.” he says. You get up and climb up the mountain, wondering what is going to happen. Jesus has gone up the mountain to pray by himself before, but this is different.
When you get to the top of the mountain, Jesus starts to pray. As you watch with him, his face changes. It is so bright you can hardly look at him. Suddenly there are two other shining figures standing there with him. You know in your heart of hearts that they are Moses and Elijah. Peter speaks in an awed voice: “Let us build three tents for you.” If you had any doubt as to the identity of Jesus, now you know. He is truly blessed. As you watch, a shining cloud begins to enclose the figures. Rays shoot out from it. You are nearly blinded. You can’t open your eyes. A voice thunders: “This is my chosen Son. Listen to Him.”
When you open your eyes the other two figures are gone. Jesus stands there alone. You look into Jesus’ eyes and ask him what he wants you to know.
During these weeks of watching how Jesus conducts his public life with teaching and healing and waiting for the events that will lead to Resurrection Sunday, think of how Jesus shows us who he is.
Questions on Luke 9: 28- 43
1. Were you able to picture how Jesus changed in front of his friends? What were your thoughts?
2. Why did Jesus choose the men he did to witness the transfiguration?
3. What does Peter’s request to build three tents for Moses and Elijah tell you about him?
4. Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell of the transfiguration. None of them were there. John was there but doesn’t tell about it. Why do you think that is so?
5. Why did the three who were chosen to witness the transfiguration grow silent? Why didn’t they tell anyone about what they had seen? Do you think they talked about it among themselves?
6. Notice how the following healing shows people how Jesus is stronger than they realized. Also, notice how he is a bit frustrated because the disciples aren’t doing what he asked them to do. He even calls them perverse. Would he call us perverse?