While Jesus was in Galilee, about one year before His Passion, He manifested his glory to three of His blessed disciples--the same who were afterward witnesses of the Agony in the Garden: Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James and John. He led them to the summit of Mount Tabor, as it is generally believe--this mountain, situated in Galilee, best answering the description of the evangelists.
The face of the Divine Savior became resplendent as the sun and His garments white as snow. Moses and Elijah appeared at His side and conversed on the death He was to suffer at the threshold of Jerusalem. Peter, in admiration, exclaimed: "Lord, it is good for us to be here!" Hew then proposed to erect three tents: one for the Savior, another for Moses, and a third for Elijah.
While Peter was still speaking, a luminous cloud enveloped them and a voice was heard proceeding from it: "This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him". The three Apostles fell prostrate, but Jesus touched them and commanded them to arise. When they arose the vision had vanished and our Lord stood beside them in His ordinary guise.
It was fitting those who so soon should behold Jesus in the depths of the humiliation to which His sacred humanity was to be subject in Gethsemane should catch a glimpse of that glorified humanity and of His Divinity, that they might be strengthened against temptation.
PRAYER: God, in the glorious Transfiguration of Your only Son You confirmed the mysteries of Faith by the witness of the fathers and wonderfully foreshadowed the adoption of sons. Help us your servants to listen to Your beloved Son and become coheirs with Him. Amen.