The Word Among Us

August 2005 Issue

What Could Be Better?

St. John Chrysostom reflects on the Transfiguration.

By: St. John Chrysostom

Every year on August 6, the church celebrates one of the most dramatic moments in the gospel, when Jesus' first followers are given a glimpse of his heavenly glory. Peter, James, and John have climbed a high mountain with their Master, when he is suddenly transfigured before their eyes. His face and clothing blaze with light; Moses and Elijah appear and begin speaking with him; and the Father's voice rings out a message of love and a command to listen (Matthew 17:1-9).

This mountaintop experience is meant to strengthen the disciples' faith in Jesus, who goes on to warn them that he is about to suffer and...

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