Transfiguration Aug 6th
Today in the Roman, Anglican and Russian Kalendar is the Feast of the Transfiguration and the Gospel Reading is of this metamorphosis in the Life of Our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Here follows the Collect from the BCP and the Gospel.
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
What a marvelous word “disquietude” and how descriptive and appropriate for our day, time, and culture which thrives on noise and distraction. The Collect is praying that we be delivered from that disquietude in order to see the King of Glory! Now amongst the real PC kind of folkes and some of the “emergent” kind of folke such terms as King is found to be objectionable, but putting aside for a moment what is in reality nothing but a tempest in a teapot, hear what the Collect is saying and it is saying “hush” and be hushed so that we can “see” in the quiet the Light Everlasting! In the Gospel God is telling the followers of Jesus who is his Son if you want to know who I AM LISTEN TO HIM!
About eight days after Jesus had foretold his death and resurrection, Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”–not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
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