On Monday, July 31, I hiked Medicine Bow Peak with Fr. Steve Titus and the seminarians of the Diocese of Cheyenne. We celebrated Mass at the top (12,014 ft.). It was a glorious day, and the power of the experience was intensified in the prayer of the Mass. Mountain-top experiences are an integral part of the Christian life.
We all need to experience the presence of God in powerful ways. This Sunday, we recall how Peter, James and John saw Jesus shining in glory at the transfiguration. Each Sunday, Christ is transfigured in glory during the Eucharist. How necessary it is for us to be with him so that we might be transfigured.
In fact, in Matthew’s gospel the transfiguration of Christ is linked to the glory of God shining out in Jesus’ disciples. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the disciples, “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Matt. 5:16). In the parable of the weeds and the wheat, he tells them, “The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matt. 13:43).