The Transfiguration 2019


“Transfiguration” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC 2016

Gospel LK 9:28B-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up a mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.

Jesus, let us see you as you really are.

Let us not be silent after we behold your presence.


Transfigure hatred into offering cups of water.

Transfigure self-loathing into self-offering.

Transfigure guns into hammers to build shelters.

Transfigure bullets into nails to support walls that house.

Transfigure words of hate into sentences of kind action.

Transfigure hopelessness into meaningful employment.

Transfigure violent spaces into pastures of repose.

Transfigure apathy into full embrace of the stranger.

Transfigure screams of blame into silent listening.

Transfigure xenophobia into lands of acceptance.

Transfigure scarcity into abundant communion.

Transfigure denial into communities of hope.

Transfigure fists into open-handed trust.

Transfigure politicians into doers of justice.

Transfigure laziness into actions of grace.

Transfigure us into people of genuine faith.


Jesus, let us hear and behold.

Let us seek and find your face.

1 thought on “The Transfiguration 2019

  1. Thank You for the beautiful painting and prayer. May each person in our world love a little more each day until we all our one in God.

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