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Today the church remembers The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus had been seen by thousands, had taught and ministered to many, and was known intimately by a few. He was a very perplexing young man, especially to those who knew him best. He spoke as one with authority and he healed many. Who was he? Was he the Messiah? Was he even more? Prior to his terrible humiliation and suffering, he called three of his closest friends"”Peter, James, and John"”aside and it was revealed to them who he was.

Moses and Elijah were seen speaking with Jesus as one whom they knew, and the voice of the Father was heard to proclaim, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased"¯ (Matthew 3:17). Jesus' relationship to the Old Testament prophets and his divine nature were thus revealed to these three disciples. His face shone with a glorious light and they were astonished, falling on their faces and glorifying God.

Most of the world was by no means ready for this revelation. Indeed, the first reaction of the three disciples indicated that they had very little comprehension of what Jesus was about. The days ahead would clarify much. Yet, even today we stand before his glory astonished, puzzled, and bungling in our response to him.

Change us when we behold your presence, Lord Christ, that we may be ready to take up our cross and follow you. Amen.

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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.

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