Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Feast of Transfiguration:  If You Want to be Transfigured



Breakfast With the Word: Feast of Transfiguration


Luke 9:28-36





Today the Church celebrates the feast of transfiguration. The feast of transfiguration reminisces how Jesus transfigured on the mountain. The Greek word for “transfigured” is metemorphothe, from which we get the word metamorphosis. We use it to describe the change that occurs when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Transfiguration experience explains that there was a change in the appearance of Jesus today. 



Literal Interpretation.



Trans describes anything that has to do with movement and change. Examples are transport, transformation, transfer, etc. In these, there are movements or changes from an old position, place etc., to another. -figuration describes the appearance or structure of something. 

Transfiguration then explains a change in the appearance of something or the figure of something. In the feast of transfiguration today, Jesus transforms from what He uses to be to another form of appearance that is more dazzling. 

Jesus’ “face shines like the sun, and his clothes become dazzling in white.” 

It is in this experience that God the Father reveals the identity, mission and His expectation from the disciples. 

Therefore, to experience a change in our lives, let us grab some points from today’s gospel.


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 1. Out of Many but Few.


One question we have to ask today is where are the other apostles? Why did Jesus go out with only a few? And sometimes whenever Jesus wants to have an encounter, He will leave the crowd to stay alone. 

Today, He takes the three who have significant roles to play in the growth of the Church. Jesus explained their roles in John 21:15-25. James was the first murdered and John the last to die. Peter became the leader of the Church.

Here, Jesus teaches us that if we need a change, we do not need to be swallowed in the crowd. 


We have to walk out of the many like the woman with the issue of blood in Matthew 9:20-22. Then journey with those who can have a significant impact on us.



 2. Always Go to the Light.

In the feast of transfiguration today, the real identity of Jesus was revealed. First, Jesus is the Light of the World. Therefore, to transform, Jesus became in the form of light and was dazzling. 

Let us not forget that in John 1:5, John says that He is the light that shines in the darkness, and which darkness cannot overcome.

 In John 8:12, Jesus personally says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Secondly, Jesus is the Word that made Flesh. Jesus fulfils the law and the words of the prophets. The presence of Moses (represents the law) and Elijah ( represents the prophets) confirms this. These are two of the most important figures of the Old Testament.

Finally, the Father confirms Him again to be His true beloved Son. So, today, the real identities of Jesus are revealed.  

Therefore, in the feast of transfiguration God is revealing to us that If we need light, if we want our lives to shine even in the midst of darkness, we need Jesus. To meet Jesus is to meet the light. 

This reminds us of Moses at Sinai. After his encounter with God, Moses’ face shines so brightly that the people were frightened, and Moses had to wear a veil over his face (Exodus 34:29-35). If we need change, if we need light in our lives, family, in whatever we do, bring them to Jesus. Only He can make our star shine.


3. Listen to Him.



While Peter was still speaking” The voice of God interrupts Peter. He says “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him”.

Here, God repeats his words at Jesus’ baptism (3:17), adding “listen to him.” 

What do we get from there? Peter speaks out of his human understanding and then God gives a command to listen to the One who He sends to save us from sin. He is already the fulfilment of the law and the words of the prophet. Jesus is the Word that becomes flesh (John 1:14). 

Therefore, to transfigure, let us listen to the gospel and follow whatever Jesus says. Let us not be misled by the words of men who speak out of worldly inclinations, men who conjure things up out of their human understanding. Jesus should be our guide. 

To be fully transformed, we must pay attention to Jesus. The demand on the mountain to “Listen to Him” is a command and not probable. That was the actual direction from the Blessed Virgin Mary at the wedding at Cana to “do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). Obedience to this command is the secret of change, miracle, healing, and total transformation.



 4. Be not Afraid

On hearing the voice of God, the disciples fell on the ground and became extremely afraid. Because of fear they didn’t know again what truly happened and how Moses and Elijah disappeared. 

This is an experience that would have given them the joy to observe but fear couldn’t give them a chance. This is how fear has made many of us limit our potential. 

We have lost glorious opportunities because of fear of the unknown, fear of mistakes and fear of what people will say. To transfigure, we need to conquer our fear. 



 5 Only With Jesus.



In Matthew’s account (Matthew 17:1-9), the touch of Jesus woke up the apostles from fear. Therefore, to wake up from our slumber, to rise from our comfort zones we need His daily touch. We need this also to conquer our daily fears. Let us always open ourselves to Him.

Secondly, when they looked up, they didn’t see any person except Jesus. A sign that the prophets and patriarchs and all created things bear witness to Jesus. We then need to walk and encounter Him daily, to conquer our fears and for total transformation. 

We can learn these through the feast of transfiguration today. Therefore, we need to remain close to Jesus for the sanctification of our souls. When we encounter Jesus, we meet total transformation and liberation of our souls. Therefore to meet Jesus is to meet light, change, and divine upliftment. 



May God bless you and help us to change from our evil ways to good. May we encounter Jesus daily in our lives, Amen.



  1. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, Fr., remain blessed

    1. Jacqueline Aforkpah says

      May God forgive me for all the sins I have committed and let his face shine upon the dark side of my life.
      Thanks Fr. for the reflection. U really made it understandable. God bless you with more wisdom 🙏

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela says


  3. Eze Chizoba Amuche says

    Amen I pray for transfiguration in my life


    Father Lord, may we encounter you every moment of our lives to receive total transfiguration in our lives, help us to walk with you always. Please never abandon us as a result of our weaknesses to sin.
    May your light continue to shine in our lives…Amen

    Thank you for today’s reflection Padre, more wisdom and Grace I pray.

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  6. Christian says

    Amen thank you for, God bless you

  7. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen, thank you Father
    May God continue to strengthen us with faith and make us to always seek him amen
    Remain blessed father

  8. Chinaza MaryCynthia says

    thank you father

  9. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr.

  10. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Padré

  11. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu says

    Amen Amen Amen

  12. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, God bless and strengthen you, Fr. today and always.

  13. Helen says

    Amen! Thanks Padre 🙏

  14. Okonkwo onyinye says


  15. Marita-Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  16. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr.

  17. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  18. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for our breakfast this morning.

  19. Adichie Chizoba says

    Lord Jesus, may your divine light shine off every darkness in my life, my marriage and husband’s business. Amen

  20. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says


  21. Ojiogbu Chekwube says

    Thank you Padre

  22. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen. God bless you Fr for all you do

  23. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  24. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  25. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna says

    Amen. May God give me the Grace to always be with Jesus. Thank you Padre.

  26. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank father for the encouragement.

  27. Mirian igwe says

    O Lord I want to know you more 🙏 give me the grace not to depart 🙏🙏🙏

  28. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you too Fr.

  29. Ebhohon Agbonmwenre Queen says


  30. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Lord give me the grace to always seek you in all I do. Amen.

  31. Grace Yina says


  32. Julie says

    Amen and Amen

  33. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    Amen 🙏 May the Lord help us to be faithful followers’ of him.

  34. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen ooo thanks Padre God bless you 🙏

  35. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen Amen Amen 💖

  36. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen and amen. Remain blessed, fr.

  37. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  38. Chisom Egwudike says


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