Feast of the Transfiguration (2010)

The vision of the transfigured Christ, in St. Maximus’s understanding, implies an internal change in those who seek spiritual knowledge. There is a progression, he says, from the beginners’ stage, in which Christ appears in the form of a servant (cf. Phil 2.7), to the advanced stage of those who have climbed the high mountain of prayer, in which Christ appears in the form of God (Cap. Theol. 2.13). This manifestation of Christ in his divine nature is not experienced as   something external to ourselves. It is interiorized through the life of faith. Picking up on points made by Origen, St. Maximus goes on to say: When the Logos of God becomes manifest and radiant in us, and his face shines like the sun, then His clothes will also look white (cf. Mt 17.2). That is to say, the words of the Gospels will then be clear and distinct, with nothing concealed. And Moses and Elijah—the more spiritual principles of the Law and the prophets—will also be present with Him. It is only by having Christ radiant within us that we can enter into the truth which even in the Gospels is veiled from ordinary eyes.  (Norman Russell, Fellow Workers with God:  OTHODOX THINKING ON THEOSIS, pg. 102-103)