Here are some general thoughts on the Transfiguration....Not sure what I'm gonna do with it, but these are just some rambling thoughts I've had throughout the week. As always, I appreciate any helpful insights.
We as humans are all infatuated with the looks of things. Moses' face is radiating with the glory of the Lord as he comes down with the two stone tablets. Yet, this glory is only revealed when he speaks on behalf of the Lord. When he speaks, the veil is taken off and the glory of the Lord is revealed through his preaching. The people see him and fear him, yet the Lord still bids him to speak. Peter, James and John go up the mountain with Jesus. This Jesus who is the Word made flesh. His glory is veiled in the midst of His speaking, healing and other miraculous signs and wonders. Then on the mountain He is transfigured. That which was reflected off Moses' face is now completely encompassing all of the Christ. Peter, James and John try to capture the moment, they try to hold on to this mountain-top experience. For a brief moment, the disciples see how things will be, but are not now. But faith comes through hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ. "This is my beloved Son, hear Him!" says the Father. Forget the looks, the revealed glory, listen to the Word made flesh. This Word made flesh which would ascend the true mountain of glory in Golgotha. For the Lord uses the foolish things of the world to shame that which is wise, He uses the weak thins of the world to overcome that which is strong. Its that hour where the Word made flesh is torn and crucified and the glory of the Lord is revealed for all to see and behold. Yet in the eyes of the world the Word made Flesh on the cross is not esteemed, He is a man of sorrows a reproach, a failure. But do not let your eyes deceive you, Listen to Him!. The Word made flesh speaks..."forgive them". The Law of Moses is fulfilled, the new and better way is established through veil of Jesus' flesh. In the Divine service let not your eyes be fooled. Listen to the message of the cross which is foolishness to the world, and yet is the more sure and prophetic Word that we have now in our midst. Receive the body and blood of Christ which is a foretaste of that glorious feast that is to come. And as we continue in these things take comfort in the very words of the benediction "the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you....' and he has all through the beloved Son speaking to us the Words of eternal life, your sins are forgiven.