Having a transfigured heart

Here’s the gist of my homily from First Fridays. At their request it was a half hour….they really wanted some Friday penance I guess. But here goes.  With the feast of the transfiguration in mind from yesterday, and with our monthly celebration of First Fridays taking place here and now, this question came to me in prayer: What does it mean to have a transfigured heart?  I think it means five things.  First, it means having an open heart, a heart that is open to seeing God’s glory as Peter and James and John saw it for the first time on Mt Tabor. Second, it means having a heart set on Christ alone. Jesus was surrounded by Moses and Elijah, the law and the prophets, but the law and the prophets are nothing compared to Christ. Sometimes we get stuck with the law and prophets. Our hearts must be set always on Jesus. Third, a transfigured heart is a heart fed on the Eucharist. Mt Tabor was high up, but the our every Mass is something altogether higher. It is the greatest thing ever, the closest and highest up we’ll ever be to God on this side of heaven. Our hearts should be fed by the eucharist so that we can become truly the body of Christ. Fourth, a transfigured heart is one that glows. Moses glowed when he descended the mountain after talking to God and everyone knew what he’d been up to. Our hearts should glow, they should be on fire after our every encounter with God…which is always. Especially after the Mass and the sacraments and prayer. Fifth, a transfigured heart is a peaceful heart. The transfiguration took place on a mountain that had seen much violence, three centuries of crusades and plenty of OT battles. God comes to our places of unease and discord and says, here, here I will reveal my glory.