Father Rodney Torbic

August 6 / 19, 2018

The Feast of Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-9

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. (KJV)

The Holy Apostles Peter, James and John were blessed to be witnesses when the Lord Jesus Christ transfigured on Mt.Tabor. The Holy Apostle Peter considered it good for them to be there.

The disciples became afraid at what they were witnessing. Extraordinary experiences can lead to fear in believers. Christ is an assuring presence at all times for those putting their complete trust and faith in Him.

The lives of the saints are replete with examples of faith trust and confidence in Christ eradicating great fear. The Lord Jesus Christ assured Peter, James and John not to be afraid.

Growth in Christ is expected throughout life. Faith, trust and confidence in the Lord Jesus are to increase as life progresses. When a believer ascends the mountains of life, Christ is always present.

Love of Christ reduces fear. Faith and confidence in Christ enables a believer to appreciate the great panorama of the Christian life. The Holy Apostles Peter, James and John had an everlasting experience.

Each day in the life in Christ is an everlasting experience. Christ makes all things new (Rev. 21:5) Drawing near to and following Christ requires being attentive and open to the newness.

Peter, James and John would not have known what they would experience as they journeyed with Christ up the mountain. Believers faithfully following Christ never know the experiences that lie ahead in life.

Peter, James and Johnís lives were dramatically changed when they committed to follow Christ. Every Christianís life changes to the extent they fully believe and faithfully follow Christ up every hill and into every valley of life.

Peter, James and John were the only individuals chosen to accompany Christ up the mountain. They witnessed Christís transfiguration. They witnessed Moses and Elijah and heard the voice out of the cloud.

Centuries and centuries after Peter, James and John ascended the mountain with Christ, believers gather to celebrate the Transfiguration. Jesus had told them not to tell what they saw until after the Resurrection.

The Feast of the Transfiguration continues to change lives. Christís transfiguration has enduring value. Peter, James and Johnís lives were lifted to a new level.

Peter, James and John would never be the same after their experience on the mountain. They were able to behold a transforming and transfiguring vision. Christ in all His splendor and brightness shines through the centuries.

Darkness of mind and thought do not have a place in the Christian life. Fear has no place in the mind and heart fully rooted in Christ. Christ led the Holy Apostles Peter, James and John up the mountain.

Christ reassured Peter, James and John. He told them to retain in themselves all they experienced until after the Resurrection. The Church has been celebrating the Transfiguration and Resurrection for centuries.

Godís Holy Church offers learning in Christ throughout life. The Church provides constant opportunities for immeasurable joy. Nourishment for the soul exists in the celebration of the Churchís feasts.

Lasting lessons of life exist in the celebration of the feasts. The Christian life is intended to be lived fully every moment of every day. Christ takes the faithful Christian to new heights as He took Peter, James and John.

Today in this celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration, let us search deeply in our hearts and minds. Let us seriously examine the degree that we that we are followers of Christ.

Let us determine if we really love Christ with all of our heart, mind and strength. Let us ask if we have shed and rejected the of the world leading to sinfulness and decadence.

May the darkness of life noticeable each day be overshadowed by the brightness of Christ transfigured. May personal fears be allayed and confidence in the transfigured Christ abound.

Joy emanates from love and faith in Christ. Internal peace abounds in the heart filled with Christ. Great hope arises in the minds transformed by Christís transfiguration.

Fervent zeal for Christ is within each believer choosing to be faithful to Christ as were Peter, James and John. Each person has the opportunity to follow Christ fully with love.

August 6 / 19, 2018
The Feast of the Transfiguration.

Fr. Rodney Torbic
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania

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