Why do I love the Feast of the Transfiguration? On this day, we celebrate that Peter, John, and Jesus got to experience the real Jesus briefly. Haven’t we had those treasured moments, when we experience God, whether through seeing something, hearing something, or feeling His presence?
Do those moments inspire something in you – your truest self – to rise up and meet that Divine Essence? Don’t we need to express ourselves better so that our true self is ready to meet Jesus at all times?
On this day, then, let us celebrate our transgender brothers and sisters who have spent a great deal of time and energy discerning the expression of their truest self. In the face of difficulty and sometimes hostility, they claim their truth.
When I think of being in the presence of Jesus as Peter and John were at the Transfiguration, I see my family as our true selves, singing our praises to God. Our foster daughter is happy and carefree, the scars from her biological family’s abuse gone. And my trans daughter is relaxed, not on guard. My spouse and I no longer need to worry about them. We can all be God’s beloved children, with whom He is well pleased.