« Like the Apostles… »


No 10     December 2016


“Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, This is my beloved Son. Listen to him. (Mk 9:5-7).

On this episode of transfiguration, several commentators affirm that he wants to reassure the heavy atmosphere that existed among the relatives of Jesus after the announcement of his death (v. 8:31ff). Indeed, transfiguration is one of the most encouraging and consoling events we find in the Gospels.

“So the Word, in some way, will be incarnated again in you. He will penetrate your soul, he fill you with light, and you will only have to abandon yourselves to him in order to receive the fruit of grace which he is desirous of giving to you as you are desirous of receiving” (De Brésillac, Retreat to missionaries, p. 25).

The missionary is an artist like Peter, called to be enlightened, inspired and become a creator through his creative activities and his initiatives. With him and through him, the poor, the most abandoned, the migrants, people shaken by various events happening in the world will make an experience of the Kingdom of God with its mercy, peace, love and joy of life with God, with oneself and with others. They will want, like Peter, to stay with Jesus, to live in this new world because it is good to live here. Those people found in Him and around Him the security, the joy of life, the interior peace, openness and goodness.

In this way, the Word that makes Himself incarnate in the life of the missionary disciple becomes the light of the world because this disciple knew how to abandon himself to the Word and the Word allowed him to do so.

The missionary becomes motivated by the passion of Christ in the everyday situations and he engages in activities that convey the mission of healing, of liberation, just like Jesus did on his way to Jerusalem. That is why, the missionary is a disciple of the Beauty revealed in the Trinitarian action that saves the world and transforms it. This is the art of the missionary, the one that saves the world today by enables the world to discover the light of Transfiguration, the one of Jesus Christ. It opens the world to what is infinite, to what is mystery. It is about healing, meditation, purification, illumination and union with the Creator.

Let us allow ourselves to be immersed in this light that is the manifestation of divine love that inspires the creation of the new world. This is precisely what we can call the art of the missionary – the creation of the new life, the art that transfigures people that opens the new doors of life. For this reason, the art of the missionary is the one of the real transfiguration, the one that knows how to listen to the voice of the Father in the Son through the most abandoned.


Question: Is it possible to be transfigured today?

                                                                                      Jean-Paul Kpatcha SMA Togo