Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. At one moment Peter, James and John see Jesus in his divine nature and in the next they see him simply as Jesus, the man they have come to know and love. This juxtaposition of the divine and human makes me think of the short prayer the priest says as he pours a drop of water into the wine before the Eucharistic prayer. “May the mingling of this water and wine cause us to share in the divinity of Christ just as he shared in our humanity.”
What an audacious request! We ask to literally share in Divine Life. And yet this is exactly what God has in mind for us in the Eucharist, as co-creators of the world, and for all eternity. St. Ignatius calls us to find God in all things, to see and experience divinity in all of creation.
If we but have the eyes to see and the ears to hear we are just as privileged as Peter, James and John. And, by the way, the Son of Man has been raised from the dead so we are not obligated to keep this a secret. On the contrary, we are called to share the Good News! With whom might I be called to share the Good News today?
—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits. Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six.