Do you know what an anachronism is? An anachronism is a mistake made when one ascribes to a certain time period something belonging to another time period. For example, if an artist were to paint a picture of the Emperor Napoleon on a motorcycle, or of Julius Caesar wearing a wristwatch, or of Michelangelo watching television, those would be anachronisms.
Today’s feast, that of the Transfiguration, might be called a sort of supernatural anachronism. When Our Lord took Saints Peter, James, and John to the top of the mountain, Moses and Elijah appeared there talking with Our Lord. Now, Moses had been dead for about 1200 years by then; Elijah had died about 800 years before. And yet, there they were, talking to Our Lord in what was then the present time.
We address our prayers to Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother, and our favorite saints although many of them died centuries ago. But that’s not a problem, because when we leave this world of time and space, we enter into eternity where there is no past or future, only the beautiful present in which all the blessed angels and saints are present to God and to one another at the same time and forever.
We can get some idea of eternity by looking up at the night sky and admiring the beauty of the moon and the stars, especially out in the country where artificial light doesn’t dull the brilliance of the stars. Have you ever thought about the fact that Abraham, 1800 years before Christ; Jesus and his Mother some 2000 years ago; Christopher Columbus on his famous voyages in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, looked up and saw that same moon, those same stars? The same sun which warms and illumines our lives warmed and illumined theirs. But more eternal than those celestial bodies are the angels and saints who have achieved eternal salvation and are with God forever. So when Our Divine Lord appeared with Moses and Elijah on the mount of the Transfiguration, that was not an anachronism in the real sense. Actually, those three are very much alive in heaven today, enjoying one another’s company and engaged in the eternal but always fresh and new and joyous activity of praising God, the Lord of all yesterdays, todays, and forever. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.