“You were transfigured on the Mount, Christ God,
revealing Your glory to Your disciples, insofar as they could comprehend.”
Christ took this Peter, together with James and John, up on the mountain and revealed Himself to them as God. The troparion says that He revealed His glory “insofar as they could comprehend”. It was granted to these three Apostles to behold the glory of God as much as they were humanly able. They had begun to understand something of the mystery of this Teacher, from His words and the miracles He performed. In a moment of divine inspiration, Peter had recognized Christ as “the Son of God”. But only on
God thus reveals His Light in order to embrace man in it. The man Christ allowed His Divine Light to be seen in order that He might offer man the chance to regain the light, to re-illumine his likeness which had been darkened through sin. The troparion goes on to pray, “illumine us sinners also with Your everlasting light”. This shows our longing for the Light of Christ, that we may regain the luminous image of the first creation. The light of God shone on the face of Adam. The light of God, brought back, shone on the transfigured face of the new Adam, Christ. The light of God can shine again on our face and show us to be His renewed creation.
Let us use the Fast of the Dormition of the Theotokos to pray that God will send us the Divine Light and that Christ the Lord may show us also worthy to see the Light, like the three Apostles on