August 2, 2015 -
"TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD”
The Greek name for this great feast is “Metamorphosis,” a word which carries the deep theological meaning of the event that amazed the select Apostles
on top of Mt. Tabor. As any dictionary will show, metamorphosis means a transformation, a striking change in appearance and substance.
It has been said that the Transfiguration is a magnificent mirror of the Divine Liturgy. When we come to worship, does not the Church take us by the hand and lead us up the mount of prayer, hymn and Scripture reading . . . until we come to the very top of our spiritual experience? And at this top, does not a transfiguration take place? Not only is the offered bread and wine now transfigured into Christ’s body and blood, but as we partake of the Eucharist, are we not also transfigured? Then, after this wonderful experience, the Church takes us back down from the pinnacle of our worship and we return to the task of spreading the Word.
Is not this our calling, as followers of Christ, to be transfigured and be like Christ
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,”
our Lord said. Surely there is much food for thought there.
Let us, in the words of the Troparion, beseech Christ to “kindle Thine everlasting light even upon us sinners.” How sorely we need His light as we grope in our darkness.