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Transfiguration (Year A)

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Transfiguration (Year A)

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The Transfiguration (CCC 554-556) and The Revelation of God (CCC 51-67)

God’s Word

by Fr. Clement D. Thibodeau



Transfiguration (Year A)

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Visions and Private Revelations

The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus Christ alone offers the fullness of God’s Revelation to us. The mystery of Christ illuminates the mystery of creation (see Catechism of the Catholic Church 280). Indeed, in his life, his mission, his suffering, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, God’s Son reveals to us the love of the Father through the Holy Spirit. The Apostles witnessed to the truth of the Resurrection and, in time, the Gospels were set down in writing. Together, Scripture and Tradition form one single deposit of Revelation, which the Church preserves, preaches from, and interprets in the light of the present-day needs. Thus, the Second Vatican Council, citing 1 Timothy 6:14 and Titus 2:13 taught, “The Christian dispensation, therefore, as the new and definitive covenant, will never pass away and we now await no further new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Dei Verbum 4).

In other words, the Council teaches that everything that God chooses to communicate to us for our salvation has been done so in Jesus and that no new “public” revelation will be given before Christ comes a second time in glory to this world of ours. This does not mean that the content of Revelation as given in Jesus cannot be understood anew or interpreted freshly given the situation of the world. It simply means that nothing will be added.

In the history of Christian mysticism there are many examples of individual mystics who have claimed a private experience that communicates or reveals the activity of God. This extraordinary phenomenon may be comprised of images, ideas, or words. This communication of God to the mystic may result in physical, psychological, or intellectual manifestations. The appearances of Mary at Lourdes and Fatima fall into this category of private revelation. Approved by the Church as credible, these apparitions are nonetheless not held by the Church to be part of the content of doctrine or teaching. The approval is stated in the negative, that there is nothing there that would harm the faith.

As with any image or artistic rendering of the mystery of God’s Self-Revelation to us in Jesus, none of these apparitions or mystical experiences and visions can supercede the Christ event. In that sense, both in art and in these visions, that which is communicated enhances and draws out the meaning conveyed by Jesus Christ, the eternal Word of God.


  • Why do you think Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain to reveal his identity?
  • Why do you think Jesus told the disciples to not tell anyone else about what they saw?
  • In what ways do we see Jesus revealed as the Son of God?
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Transfiguration (Year A)

Transfiguration (Year A)

Bible Verses Cited in Catechism

1st Reading

Dn 7:9-10, 13-14

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2nd Reading

2 Pt 1:16-19

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Gospel Reading

Mt 17:1-9

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Transfiguration (Year A)