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The Profession of Faith

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whole Trinity appeared: the Father in the voice; the Son in the man;

the Spirit in the shining cloud.”

298

You were transfigured on the mountain, and your disciples,

as much as they were capable of it, beheld your glory, O

Christ our God, so that when they should see you crucified

they would understand that your Passion was voluntary,

and proclaim to the world that you truly are the splendor of

the Father.

299

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On the threshold of the public life: the baptism; on the

threshold of the Passover: the Transfiguration. Jesus’ baptism pro-

claimed “the mystery of the first regeneration,” namely, our Bap-

tism; the Transfiguration “is the sacrament of the second

regeneration”: our own Resurrection.

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From now on we share in

the Lord’s Resurrection through the Spirit who acts in the sacra-

ments of the Body of Christ. The Transfiguration gives us a fore-

taste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he “will change our lowly

body to be like his glorious body.”

301

But it also recalls that “it is

through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of

God”:

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Peter did not yet understand this when he wanted to remain

with Christ on the mountain. It has been reserved for you,

Peter, but for after death. For now, Jesus says: “Go down to

toil on earth, to serve on earth, to be scorned and crucified

on earth. Life goes down to be killed; Bread goes down to

suffer hunger; the Way goes down to be exhausted on his

journey; the Spring goes down to suffer thirst; and you refuse

to suffer?”

303

298 St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

III, 45, 4,

ad

2.

299 Byzantine Liturgy, Feast of the Transfiguration,

Kontakion.

300 St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

III, 45, 4,

ad

2.

301

Phil

3:21.

302

Acts

14:22.

303 St. Augustine,

Sermo

78, 6: PL 38, 492-493; cf.

Lk

9:33.

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