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2014-08-03 message

posted Aug 3, 2014, 10:05 AM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 10:05 AM ]
The apolytikion of the Transfiguration tells us that the disciples on Mt. Tabor perceived as much of God’s glory as they could bear. It wasn’t that Jesus changed, it was the eyes of the three disciples that were changed in their ability to perceive the true nature of Jesus. The apolytikion even makes allowance for that experience not being the greatest measure in which God can be encountered: the disciples perceived as much of Jesus’s divinity as they could bear at that time. It is implied in the apolytikion – and our theology makes it explicit – that the ability to perceive God and draw near to Him is something that can eternally increase without ever being exhausted. 

In many ways, the above paragraph makes simple, straightforward sense: God is uncreated, so perceiving Him may well require a different way of seeing, and He is infinite and inexhaustible, so there can be no end to the development of our relationship with Him. What may be harder to envision is that, as we draw near to God and are able to commune with Him more fully, our perception of creation also changes. The universe in general (being permeated by the energies of God) and human beings (created in the image and likeness of God) are more than “meets the eye.” In order to have a proper, holy relationship with the world and one another, we need to have our eyes be open to see and encounter God in the world and in one another. We need to know God in order to know one another.

With love in Christ,
+Fr. Peter