Read: Isaiah 61:10-11, Psalm 99, 2 Peter 1:13-21, and Luke 9:28-36
The United Methodist Church, along with several other faith traditions, places the Transfiguration on the last Sunday after Epiphany, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday and Lent. But the Church has traditionally celebrated it on August 6th.
The Transfiguration is the climax of Christ’s revealing himself to us. Here we see that this man, human in every way we can define, is also fully divine. It is a tension, a paradox. How can someone who is completely human be completely divine? How can someone who is completely divine be completely human? Yet Christ came and took on our humanness and tabernacled among us, showing us how we should live, and bidding us to put aside our own selves and follow him.
Ask God to reveal Christ to you. You may find the following prayer helpful:
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the uneasiness of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.