Feast of the Transfiguration
On August 6th the Holy Church celebrates the feast of the transfiguration of our Lord. We read about the events in three of the four Gospels, St. Matthew 17, St. Mark 9, and St. Luke 9.
To recap, Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him up on a mountain to pray. As Jesus prayed, He transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun and His garments became glistening white. Two men, Moses, representing the Law, and Elijah, representing the Prophets appear and spoke with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. Suddenly, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and they heard the voice of God the Father saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
The glory of the Lord is revealed to the disciples at the transfiguration. This astounded them so much that they wished they would always remain in that presence. Peter suggested that they did not need to leave that place, but rather build three tabernacles. Peter realized that the splendor which was revealed to them could not be compared with any other experience he ever had.
How are we in our daily lives? Do we long to dwell in the presence of God? Or do we only seek the presence of God in times of need? As we celebrate this special Feast, can we identify ourselves with David as he writes in Psalms 27:4 “One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple” If not, let us use the spiritual weapons of Scripture, prayer, and fasting to experience the magnificence of His presence.