Hello dear reader! Anime fans among you can relate to the following situation…the villain of the story has a “final form” that is meant to be the apex of its power. It is both awe-inspiring and terrifying. The only way the hero can overcome such an evil is to find a final form of his own, eventually engaging the villain in a climactic battle. The hero eventually overcomes the villain in a dramatic fashion. Why do I bring this up? Because we as Catholics believe we too have a final form, one that is made apparent in the Transfiguration of Jesus. The narrative is as follows:
“After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead..” Mark 9:2-9
As you can see, Jesus was giving the Apostles a foretaste of heavenly glory. The image was so powerful that Peter wanted to prolong it by having tents set up for Elijah and Moses. It was also significant that this event happened shortly before the Crucifixion. After seeing this event, there could no longer be any doubt that Jesus was the Messiah. Even the giver of the Law (Moses) and the greatest prophet (Elijah) paid Jesus reverence. The faith of the Apostles would be reinforced to prepare for Jesus’s death and the aftermath thereof. Jesus’s Transfiguration was his revealing of his “final form” that will be seen again at the Second Coming.
What does this mean for us? Our final form
It means that we too have a final form that we will reach at the end of time. The Catechism speaks on this topic as such:
The Apostles also found strength to shed their blood for their faith from the Holy Eucharist, of which Christ said: “He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood has life everlasting and I will raise him up on the last day” ( Jn 6:55). Such was the faith of Christ’s first followers; such is our faith! We believe that we, too, shall rise glorious and immortal to join our Lord and his Blessed Mother on the last day!
How does one attain this final form on the last day? By repentance, the sacraments, prayer, and belief in God’s word. By taking up our cross and following Jesus we can partake and share in His promises. The faithful will be raised up on the last day so that we may be reunited with our bodies in heavenly glory. What an exciting prospect that is, dear reader!
This mere glimpse into the true nature of Jesus is an exciting look into our future. And the best part is that Jesus wants to sustain and enlighten us on the way to heavenly glory.
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