The Transfiguration: Perceiving the True Nature of the Word

READINGS

Isaiah 60:19-22
19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory.
20 Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the Lord will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
21 Also your people shall all be righteous; They shall inherit the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified.
22 A little one shall become a thousand, And a small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”

Matthew 17:1-9
1 And after six days Jesus takes Peter, and James, and John his brother, and brings them up into a high mountain apart, 2 and was transformed before them; and His face shone as the sun, and° His garments became white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. 4 And° Peter answering said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; if Thou wilt°, let us make here three tabernacles: one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. 5 While he was yet speaking, behold, an illuminated cloud overshadowed them; and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. 6 And the disciples hearing, fell on their face, and were very afraid. 7 And Jesus coming touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8 And° lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone. 9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, Tell the vision to no one, until the Son of Man be risen from the dead.

Apocalypse Explained 64.2
The Lord took Peter, James, and John, because by them the church in respect to faith, charity, and the works of charity was represented; He took them “into a high mountain,” because “mountain” signifies heaven; “His face did shine as the sun,” because “face” signifies the interiors, and it did shine as the sun because His interiors were Divine, for the “sun” is Divine love; “His garments became white as the light,” because “garments” signify Divine truth proceeding from Him; the like is signified by “light.” “Moses and Elijah” appeared, because the two signify the Word, “Moses” the historical Word, and “Elijah” the prophetical Word; “a bright cloud overshadowed them,” because “a bright cloud” signifies the Word in the letter within which is the internal sense; “a voice out of the cloud said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him,” because “a voice out of the cloud” signifies Divine truth out of the Word, and “beloved Son,” the Lord’s Divine Human. And because Divine truth is from Him, and thence all truth of the church, it was said out of the cloud, “in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.”

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