As many of you know, the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ supersedes when its fixed date, Aug. 6, falls on a Sunday. Hence my singular focus this week on the Transfiguration — an event and theological point of departure, of such importance, it appears in the three synoptic accounts of the Gospel (in Matthew chapter 17, Mark chapter 9, and Luke chapter 9); an argument can be made that one can detect veiled reference to the Transfiguration in the Gospel According to John (especially in chapter 1); and the reference is explicit in the Second Letter of the Apostle Peter (in chapter 1).

The Transfiguration events in the New Testament biblical narrative occur in the midst of Jesus’ earthly ministry — affirming his ministry’s divine origin and significance, and pointing toward his culminating visits to Bethany and Jerusalem.