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Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them: they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. “Lord,” he said “it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.” When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. “Stand up,” he said “do not be afraid.” And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus. As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, “Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” Mt 17:1-9
Can you remember a time when someone or something changed before your eyes and you saw goodness and beauty there that you never saw before, and you were deeply moved? It could be the beauty of nature: a river, a lake or the ocean, a sunrise, a sunset or the stars in a clear night sky. At a particular moment, and completely unexpectedly, as you look at one of these you are deeply touched; you can say to yourself what St. Peter said at the Transfiguration: it is good for me to be here.
Or it could be the goodness and beauty of a person that suddenly shines out for you. It may be someone close to you who normally seems so ordinary, yet at a special moment is changed before your eyes and the person’s wonderful beauty shines out. Parents may have this experience at the birth of their children or as they see them on First Communion day, all dressed up and glowing with wonder and excitement. At such moments they know that all the sacrifices they make for their children are well worthwhile.
Goodness shines out.