“They kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant” (Mark 9:10).
Three theophanies, or revelations of who Jesus really is, occur in the Gospels. The first is Jesus’ baptism, the second is today’s account of the transfiguration, and the third is Jesus’ death on the cross. Each event is clothed in mystery and is unintelligible without faith. The Gospel writers layer these three moments with earlier scripture passages to show that Jesus is fulfilling his mission to overcome sin and death with the liberating power of love.