Something that always bothered me about the transfiguration is that Moses and Elijah talk to Jesus as though He were their pal, or maybe a little bit senior to them. They certainly don’t adore Him or otherwise indicate that He is God. . In short, the transfiguration story seems to contradict the divinity of Jesus. Am I missing something here ?
The Apostles weren’t always adoring Jesus either. He conversed with them and they with Him. So what! What is significant about the Transfiguration is what the Father said about Jesus: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him. (Lk 9:35) That sounds pretty divine to me!
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.