A reflection on the Feast of the Transfiguration by Mother Maria -Michael Newe, OSB.
Today, on the feast of the Transfiguration, I was thinking of Jesus’ prayer in the Gospel of John: “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.” (John 17: 3-4) That glorification through the accomplishment of the Father’s works is what happens on the Transfiguration. Jesus is given the will of the Father through Moses and Elijah. He is given how He is to fulfill the Prophecies and the Law, the Law of Love. “Now glorify me Father with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (John 17:5) You see a glimpse of that glory in the Transfiguration. I think that the perfect glory is to be in perfect union with God. That is heaven. It’s very difficult; but the one thing that transfigures us the most is giving up our own will. That is transfiguring because it crucifies us. And yet it places us in the very heart of God, because then we are most like His Son—who layed down everything in order to glorify His Father.
The only thing that really hinders our union with God is our self will. That is the one thing St. Benedict tells us to root out, to get rid of. Have a good sense, through self-knowledge when self-will creeps in and turns you away from the right way. In order to be one with Christ, we must be one with His will. Our ‘yes’ to Christ must be pure and it will transfigure us if we persevere. Christ too had to persevere. He had to say at the end, while He was on the Cross, “It is accomplished.” I hope those are the words that ring out when we die, “It is accomplished,” and then we shall be fully transfigured.