The Transfiguration of Jesus is an account of Jesus taking His disciples up the mountain to pray.
While praying, Jesus’ clothing and appearance shine with a dazzling light.
Moses and Elijah, two of the great leaders of the Jewish faith, appear and talk with Jesus.
The disciples witness this magnificent change and offer to build tents for all three of the leaders.
A cloud appears and the Voice of God speaks from the cloud, telling Jesus’ followers to listen to Jesus.
Afterwards, Jesus appears alone to the disciples as they prepare to leave that holy place on the mountain.
The Gospel Account
You can find the story of the Transfiguration in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 9, verses 28-36.
Click on this link to view the Gospel passage using the New American Bible translation.
The Five Decades
When you pray the five decades of this Rosary Reflection, use these five events from the Gospel.
First Decade: Jesus takes Peter, James and John up the mountain to pray.
Second Decade: Jesus appearance becomes dazzling and Moses and Elijah appear to Him.
Third Decade: Peter offers to build three tents, one for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.
Fourth Decade: A cloud appears and the Voice of God tells the disciples to listen to Jesus.
Fifth Decade: Jesus appears alone and the disciples leave the mountain in silence.
What to Remember
This Gospel story shows that God the Father reveals Jesus as the Beloved Son and tells the followers of Jesus to listen to Jesus.
As a follower of Jesus, you have the same privilege: to listen to the wisdom, love and goodness of Jesus.
When you listen to the words of Jesus, and take those words to heart, you grow towards a personal transfiguration – a more dazzling life.
Here are a few intentions to pray for:
For a greater listening heart.
That Jesus will lead you to greater illumination.
For family and friends to develop a deeper listening spirit.
To intercede that those who are deaf in ear and mind will hear and listen to Jesus.
Feel free to pray the rosary using the Gospel when you want more enlightenment, when you want to listen more closely to Jesus and God.
When This Gospel Appears
Luke’s Gospel account of the Transfiguration of Jesus occurs on the Second Sunday of Lent in Cycle C of the Liturgical Year.
The most recent appearance is on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
There are three cycles that last a year each, beginning with the First Sunday in Advent in the Church year.
In Cycle A, the Gospel readings are from the Gospel of Matthew.
For Cycle B, the Gospel readings are from the Gospel of Mark and John.
In Cycle C, the Gospel readings are from the Gospel of Luke.