Faith: The Transfiguration of God reveals the glory to which man is known as » Monitorul de Suceava

As a result of Christ had spoken to the disciples about loss of life and the passions to which he can be given, and so they had been afraid, the Savior took three of them apart, wanting to indicate them the glory with which he’ll come to evaluate the world. The presence of Elijah and Moses subsequent to the Lord on Mount Tabor confirms to the disciples and all Christians that He’s the Lord of life and loss of life. The Transfiguration of the Savior is, for the Christian Church, the feast of pleasure and belief in God’s victory over sin and the transfiguration of fallen human nature.

The Transfiguration tells us who Christ actually was and the way we will likely be in eternity if we strongly imagine in His phrases. Only one chapter earlier than the episode of the Transfiguration recorded within the Gospels, Christ requested his disciples two questions: “Who do individuals say that I, the Son of Man, am? However who do you say I’m?”. Due to this fact, the query of identification arose. The Lord needed His apostles to actually know who they’re in entrance of, who they comply with and who they are going to dedicate their lives to. Peter’s testimony: “You’re the Christ, the Son of the dwelling God” is contrasted with the next gesture of the Messiah, of transfiguration on Tabor, who comes to strengthen the phrases of the fisherman from Galilee and to indicate who actually is the One despatched by the Father.

The second on Tabor is primarily aimed on the disciples

Though the scene of the Transfiguration has as its central character the Individual of Christ, as a result of He seems transfigured earlier than the witnessing disciples, nonetheless the miracle primarily targets the disciples. This truth is highlighted by the primary verses of the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel in keeping with Matthew, the place it’s mentioned that “after six days, Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him and went to a excessive mountain (… ) and altered His face earlier than them”. Furthermore, the voice of the Father shouldn’t be addressed to Christ, as at Baptism, the place the tackle is within the second particular person singular: “You’re my beloved Son in whom I’m happy”, however to the disciples, within the second particular person plural: “That is my beloved Son, in whom I’m properly happy; hearken to him”.

Among the many vital scenes within the Gospels that disclose to us the divinity of Christ, three can be extra telling. It’s first in regards to the second at Jordan, when the voice of the Father from heaven and the presence of the Holy Spirit affirm that the One who was baptized by the hand of John was actually the Son of God, the Messiah introduced by the prophets. Then, within the heart of the Gospel, we now have the episode of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, when Christ Himself reveals Himself to the eyes of His disciples, exhibiting them and those that will imagine the testimony of the apostles the true divine glory, which they too will share within the age to return. The final sequence can be the testimony of the centurion, who after Christ’s loss of life on the Cross says strongly: “This, actually, was the Son of God”.

If the Epiphany at Baptism is a certification from the bosom of the Trinity, and the centurion’s voice is the popularity of divinity from a person, the Transfiguration is the second when the Savior of the world reveals His Face overwhelmed by uncreated glory. We might have anticipated that, on the Resurrection of Christ, essentially the most eloquent proof of the Messiah’s divinity, there would have been a minimum of one eyewitness. However the Scriptures are silent on this matter. Not even Christ says a phrase about His rising from the lifeless. The Transfiguration stays the basic second by which the disciples make contact with the divine state to which man is destined to succeed in by protecting the evangelical commandments.

Moses and Elijah, the Regulation and the prophets

The presence of Moses and Elijah at this occasion represents the Regulation and the Prophets who bear the Previous Testomony testimony in regards to the One despatched by the Father to avoid wasting the world.

One other side of this episode is said to the worry that grips the disciples, who, out of worry, fall on their faces earlier than their Trainer. The sunshine on the Lord’s Face, which, the Scripture testifies, “shined just like the solar” and “His garments that had turn into whiter than the sunshine” spotlight the boundless energy of Christ.

He who had been clothed by God by way of creation in clothes of sunshine, had left Eden receiving “garments of pores and skin” and protecting his physique with fig leaves. The Lord reveals these despatched by Him into the world that the true lifetime of man, the state he’s destined to stay in, is a brilliant, comfortable one. Who testifies that the disciples had been comfortable on Tabor? Peter himself, who says to the Savior: “Lord, it’s good for us to be right here; if you would like, I’ll make three huts right here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah” (Matthew 17, 4). The apostles needed the revelation they shared to haven’t any finish. However that full happiness was determined for man not right here on earth, however in eternity.

Many saints in historical past had the expertise of the taboric gentle. For the reason that daybreak of the Church, the martyrdom of Saint Stephen, the archdeacon and the primary among the many martyrs in Christ, discovers the heavenly glory that man can share: “And Stephen, being crammed with the Holy Spirit and looking out on the sky, noticed the glory of God and Jesus standing on the proper hand of God” (Acts of the Apostles 7, 55).

The camp gentle, the signal of man’s deification

In regards to the needy fathers of the desert and seekers of Christ’s humility, it’s mentioned that their faces shone with divine grace: “There was a sure Avva Pamvo, who stayed for 3 years and prayed to God, saying: “Don’t make me glorified on earth ». However God gave him such glory that nobody might have a look at his face due to its brightness”.

The patristic custom of the Church brings a “cloud of testimonies” of this actuality of the invention of divine glory in man’s life, the unbuilt gentle, which examines him in his state of sin, lifts him up and guides him to a clear life, in keeping with God’s will. We discover this truth described in Saint Simeon the New Theologian († 1022), the best Byzantine mystic: “How shall I describe, Lord, the sight of Your Face? How shall I inform the inexpressible sight of Thy magnificence? You, Lord, all of the sudden appeared from above a lot higher than the solar, shining from the heavens and into my coronary heart. I thanks that you simply revealed your self to me, who was sitting in darkness, you shone to me, you confirmed me gentle, you illuminated me complete with all of your gentle and I grew to become gentle within the evening, though I used to be within the center the darkness”.

Saint Gregory Palamas, the theologian of uncreated gentle

A number of centuries later, with the Hesychast motion championed by Saint Gregory Palamas († 1359), based mostly on Church Custom, the expertise of man’s encounter with Christ transfigured on Tabor was strengthened by way of prayer. Saint Gregory Palamas, known as the theologian of the uncreated gentle, who fought in writing towards those that didn’t imagine in the opportunity of the transfiguration of human nature, firmly taught that by way of sharing within the Mysteries of the Church and thru the expertise of prayer, “the Son of God turns into one Physique with us and make us a Temple of God. How can he not enlighten those that are worthy to partake of the divine ray of His Physique that’s in us, enlightening their souls, as He enlightened the our bodies of His disciples on Mount Tabor? For then this Physique, the supply of the sunshine of the Spirit, was not but united with our our bodies: He illuminated from with out those that approached with dignity and despatched the sunshine of the soul by way of the eyes of the physique; however at this time – says Saint Gregory -, as a result of He united with us and lives in us, He illuminates the soul from inside us”.

In the midst of the nineteenth century, in tsarist Russia, a “good-looking outdated man”, nice ascetic and connoisseur of the mysteries of the guts, Saint Seraphim of Sarov, spoke to Nikolai Motovilov, a seeker of God, assuring him that the aim of the Christian life it’s the acquisition of the Holy Spirit, and prayer is the meals of the soul. Saint Seraphim gave him the sight of divine gentle. When Motovilov requested him how we will know that we now have acquired grace, the daddy took him by the shoulders and mentioned: “We at the moment are each within the Holy Spirit, son! Why do not you have a look at me?”. And he answered: “I can’t have a look at you, father, as a result of your eyes shine like lightning, and your face is brighter than the solar.” Saint Seraphim mentioned to him: “Don’t be afraid, pal of God, now you too are as brilliant as I’m. It means that you’re additionally within the gentle of the divine Spirit, in any other case you wouldn’t have the ability to see me as I’m. This was not executed only for you, so that you perceive, however, by way of you, for the entire world”.

In fact, since then the divine gentle rests on the lovers of God, placing a cease to passionate beginnings, revealing to them the trail of perfection, with out which life has no which means, no grace, no magnificence.

(Augustin Pauus Lumina newspaper)

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