Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 6 - Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

Church Celebrates August 6 as "Koodara Perunal" or "Marurupa Perunala" or Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. A short note compiled about the Feast!

August 6 - Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event in which Jesus is transfigured upon a mountain (Mount Tabor). (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36). Jesus became radiant, spoke with Moses and Elijah, and was called "Son" by God. It is one of the miracles of Jesus mentioned in the Gospels. This miracle is unique among others that appear in the Gospels, in that the miracle happens to Jesus himself. Thomas Aquinas considered the Transfiguration "the greatest miracle" in that it complemented baptism and showed the perfection of life in Heaven. According to the Gospels, Peter, James, son of Zebedee and John the Apostle were with Jesus upon the mountain. The transfiguration put Jesus above Moses and Elijah, the two preeminent figures of Judaism. It also supports his identity as the Son of God. In keeping with the Messianic Secret, Jesus tells the witnesses not to tell others what they saw until he has risen on the third day after his death on the cross.

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