The Transfiguration was necessary in order that Peter, James and John "might not be afraid of Your sufferings." "It was Your desire to show them the splendor of Your Resurrection." Jesus knew that the suffering of others, and the things that we love, makes us feel afraid.
Peter, James and John were "unable to endure the shining of Your face and the brilliance of Your garments." They fell to the ground upon their faces." We cannot endure the unknown, we are afraid of anything out of the ordinary and we tremble like the angels in fear.
It's got to be pretty bad when you throw yourself to the ground, no matter what the reason. It wasn't long ago when my grandson was pretty good at it.
We're always falling down and yes, we're always afraid.Today is the feast day of the Transfiguration of our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ, who in His witness to us of His majesty and wondrous works invites us to trust in the Everlasting Light that shines upon us sinners. Jesus is the radiance of the Father, and the only hope that illumines all. (As far as you can bear it).
Peter, not long after witnessing the Glorious majesty of Christ, denies Him three times, out of fear.
Stop being afraid. God has promised not to leave or forsake us? He showed us His power, let us show Him our faith, by His mercy. He is the lover of mankind, and He proved it.
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