The transfiguration is the moment when Jesus’ divine glory was made manifest to the apostles Peter, James, and John on the top of a mountain. In other words, Jesus’ divinity was not veiled or hidden by his humanity. Instead, Jesus allowed it to shine forth in splendor and power. His face was bright like the sun and his garments were pure white. Moses and Elijah also appeared, and a great cloud overshadowed them. From the heavens a voice declared, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (Lk 9:35). Peter offered to build tents for the three figures, no doubt to prolong the experience!
You can read all about the transfiguration in the synoptic Gospels (cf. Mt 17:1-9; Mk 9:2-10; Lk 9:28-36) and from Peter (2 Pet 1:16-21). Also see my blog post, "Building Booths for God," as well as the following links:
- Liturgical Calendar: Feast of the Transfiguration
- Catechism of the Catholic Church: "A foretaste of the Kingdom, the Transfiguration"
- Pope St. Leo the Great: Homily on the Transfiguration
- New Advent: Transfiguration
- New Advent: Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ
- St. Augustine: Sermons 78 and 79 on the Transfiguration
- Summa Theologiae, Third Part, Question 45: Christ's Transfiguration
- Modern Catholic Dictionary: Transfiguration of Our Lord
- Feast of the Transfiguration
- The Transfiguration in Scripture
- Wikipedia: Transfiguration of Jesus
- Slideshow of Artwork Depicting the Transfiguration
- Transfiguration: Why Peter, James, and John?
- Fr. Robert Barron: Sermon on the Feast of the Transfiguration
- What Was the Strangest Event in Jesus' Life? 10 Things You Need to Know