One day Jesus gathered his Apostles and asked them a vital question: “Whom do you say I am?” Before He was to suffer and die, Our Lord wanted them to be certain of His identity as Son of God and Son of Man. Peter responded saying, “You are the Christ, the son of the Living God.”
Later, Jesus took three of His apostles, Peter, James and John up the height of the mountain. There they were to witness a sight never before beheld in the eyes of man: Jesus appeared in all the magnificence of His Divinity, at least to the extent that frail humanity could bear.
The remarkable event is called THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD. Now there was no question as to the identity of the Lord: He was God and Man. The three apostles became “eyewitnesses of His majesty.” Jesus was transfigured before them. His face shone as brightly as the sun, and His clothing became white as light. The viewers fell to the ground in awe, with Peter exclaiming “Master, it’s good for us to be here.”
At that moment a cloud came over them, and the voice of God the Father proclaiming: “This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him.” Moses and Elias appeared with Christ, and shortly thereafter the apostles only saw Jesus. The icon on our bulletin today vividly portrays this scene.
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