According to Scripture, Peter, James and John witnessed the presentation of the divine glory of Christ. lt is believed that Christ wanted to strengthen the faith of the Apostles prior to his death, so that they would know him when he returned. Through this amazing revelation, we recognize Jesus' divinity and hope for our own glory.
Jesus took three of his apostles, Peter, James and John, up a mountain. Jesus began to pray, but the others became very sleepy. Then they suddenly realized that Jesus had changed-he had been "transfigured." Now his face and clothes were dazzlingly white!
The apostles looked again and saw fesus was no longer standing alone. Two great and holy people from long ago, Moses and Elijah, were standing beside the radiant Jesus.
Now the apostles were completely awake! They were very nervous. Peter understood who these important people were and he blurted out, "Lord, it is good we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!"
As he said this, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them. Now the apostles were very frightened. Then, from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him."
When the voice was silent the apostles saw that Elijah and Moses were gone.
Jesus and his apostles went back down the mountain. They did not tell anyone about the vision they had. When St. Peter offered to make tents, he may have been referring to the Jewish festival called Sukkot when temporary shelters are built.
Discussion Starter: What happened when Jesus began to pray?
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