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St. Ephraim the Syrian on the Transfiguration of Our Lord | HOMILY

April 12, 2021

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He was not crucified in weakness, but willingly by His good pleasure for the salvation of the world. He is the one to whom the Father tells us to listen.


And after six days, he took Simon Peter and James and John his brother to a very high mountain and he was transfigured before them and his face shone like the sun and his garments became white like light. He led them up the mountain to show them that he is the Son of God, to show them his power before his death, so that when he was arrested and crucified, they might know that he was not crucified through weakness, but willingly by his good pleasure for the salvation of the world. And so, on the mountain, he showed his apostles the glory of his divinity. For they saw his face bright as lightning, and the garments white as light. And he did not display the whole depth of his glory, but only as much as the limits of his eyes could encompass. And while the disciples were marveling, out of the clouds, a voice was heard from the Father, saying, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.” At that voice, the apostles fell on their faces to the ground, and there was a fearsome thunder, so that the earth shook at his voice. It showed them that the Father had drawn near, and the Son called them with his voice and raised them up. He is both earthly and heavenly, temporary and eternal, starting and without beginning, timeless and subject to time, created and uncreated, passible and impassible, God and man, perfect in both. One in two, and in two, one. In this, the Father cried out, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”

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