On this day, we celebrate the Feast of His Transfiguration, where our Lord Jesus Christ during his ministry manifested the light of his God-head on Mount Tabor.
As written on the bible (Mt. 17:1-9), the Lord took his three disciples, Peter, James and John up on a high mountain, where He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking to the Lord.
The Lord wants to teach us that He is the Lord of Moses whom he can raise from the dead, and that He is the God of Elijah whom He can bring back from heaven.
Saint Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here, if you wish, let us make here three tabernacles; one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While Peter was still speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice came out the cloud saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When they heard the voice, they fell on their faces and were exceedingly afraid. Jesus came and touched them with His blessed hand, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but the Lord Jesus alone.
What did the presence of Light & Cloud signify?
- Firstly, in the Old Testament, the presence of light and cloud often signified the Divine presence (Ex.24:15-17). The bright radiance and shining of the face is also a characteristic of those closest to God. Such was the case of Moses who spoke to God face to face. (Ex.34:29-35)
- The Cloud on Mt. Tabor also signified the Divine presence of our Lord. King David had prophesied about this mount in Psalms 89:12 where he said, “Tabor and Heron shall rejoice in Thy name.” Tabor also represents God’s kingdom according to the Church’s teachings!
Glory to our Lord forever, Amen.