Jesus encountered the Father in a moment of dazzling glory at the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. This event took place as Jesus prayed, a point that brings the meaning of the Transfiguration close to us: As Jesus was transfigured in prayer, so we can be transfigured—brought from one degree of glory to another—through prayerful contemplation of Christ.
The Mystery of the Transfiguration considers this unparalleled event from the perspective of Scripture and some of the great teachers of the Church. But ultimately, Father Cantalamessa explains, his goal is to bring you up Mount Tabor in prayer so that in gazing on Christ, you will become like Christ, transformed in glory.
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. CAP., is the preacher to the potifical household. He is a former professor of the history of early Christianity, head of the department of religious studies at the Catholic University of Milan, member of the International Theological Commission and the author of numerous books.