• Michael Haldas

Suffering and Transfiguration


“Our human origins and our destiny were restored and modeled by Jesus Christ in moments such as His Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor. But it was in His post-Resurrectional appearance to St. Thomas and the other Apostles in the Upper Room that Jesus Christ provides the most dramatic witness of all.” (Father Thomas Loya)

“Christ, in turn, spoke to the disciples about His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem, and Peter rebuked Him! The great scandal is always the scandal of the Cross. There is no path to true union with God that does not go through the Cross. This is true finally of all those who are transfigured as well as for all who hope to ever see a transfiguration.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“August 6th is the day the Church sets aside to celebrate the transfiguration of Jesus Christ on Mt. Tabor. It is also a reminder to us that we too are to be transfigured but the path of transfiguration often involves suffering first. When we suffer, rather than focusing on suffering as just suffering and spiral downward, it does us well to understand it as the spiritual fire of refinement and preparation, and a needed step in the process of transfiguration. This is why it is so important during our suffering to stay connected to the Lord through prayer, fasting, Communion, and the sacramental life of the Church.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“…we now see....sufferings in light of the victory of the Resurrection, and this victory transfigures our perception of sufferings. Christ's victory allows us to rejoice in anguish because of the infinitely greater good that comes from it." (Orthodox Study Bible, John 16:21)

"...we need to transfigure our whole mind, body, and soul through a focus on repentance and the sacramental-ascetical life within the Church." (Archimandrite Sergius)

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