• Fr. Thomas Colyandro

The Divine Cloud Transfigures Us


The Transfiguration of Jesus can be found in Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36, John 1:14, and 2 Peter 1:16–18. In these accounts, Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, and John, go to Mt. Tabor. There Jesus radiates light, revealing His divinity, while Moses (the lawgiver) and Elijah (the prophet) appear on either side of Him.

Then, "... 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" (Luke 9:34-36).

Meditate on this: in addition to the glory revealed about Jesus in the Transfiguration, God shows us clearly what He wants for us. So, when we choose to pray, and then, in prayer we choose to be more silent before His eternal glory, God will engulf us in His light (we enter the cloud) and allow us to more fully participate in it (the cloud transfigures us).

Follow Jesus up the mountain and see how prayer changes you.

The following is a 12th century icon of the Transfiguration.

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