Saint John wasn’t just seeing things. The feast of the Transfiguration.

In the prologue of his Gospel, John the Beloved Apostle de- scribes his experience in having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus, with the words “we have seen his glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of God!” (Jn. 1:14)

There is no question that John often experienced the dynamic and divine power of Christ’s Word and Work throughout Jesus’ 3 year ministry, culminating in His glorious victory of death and burial, but, the denouement however, could easily be seen as the extraordinary and supernatural experience, of beholding Christ’s glory revealed on Mt. Tabor at His Trans guration where “the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a ash of lightning.” This was an ominous wake up call for John and the 2 other disciples who had grown weary of climbing the mountain following a very taxing ministry in the Galilean countryside, feeding the hungry, healing the sick and proclaiming the Lord’s favor to the broken hearted. No doubt, this personal encounter with Christ’s glory was truly an awesome and transformative experience!

While John, along with Peter and James, overcome with the experience and vision of Christ’s Trans guration would have stayed up on the mountain, mesmerized by Jesus’ glory, they were in fact themselves transformed in the power of that experience and enabled to apprehend the commission to go and become the Lord’s witnesses. Dear beloved, we are all Christ’s disciples and are all recipients of the same wake up call. We have seen his glory!

Every Sunday is a confrontation with the glory of Christ, the manifestation of His power and the experience of a personal relationship with Him. Gaze upon His radiance, receive His light, be transformed by His gifts. Come see, “the glory as of the Only Begotten of God, full of grace and truth.

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Fr. Shnork Souin

Priest of the Armenian Orthodox Church

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