Saint Ephraim teaches that Moses and Elijah were speaking words to our Lord such as these: They thanked Him that their words and those of their fellow Prophets had been fulfilled by His coming. They offered Him worship for the salvation He had wrought for the world and all of mankind, that He had fulfilled the mystery they had only sketched with their divinely inspired words.
There was joy in all creation by this ascent of Tabor. The Prophets rejoiced when they saw our Lord’s humanity, which they had not known. The Apostles rejoiced when they saw the glory of our Lord’s divinity, which THEY had not known. These joys were sealed by the Father’s voice, by Moses’ and Elijah’s appearance, and by the witness borne by the Apostles. The authors of the Old Covenant meet the authors of the New. Moses meets Simon Peter. He who struck the rock which poured forth water meets the one whom our Lord calls the Rock, who walks on the water. John the Theologian meets Elijah, joining the vision of the virgin in the Old with the documentation of virgin in the New. The tent that Peter begs to raise is raised indeed by the building of the Church of our Lord. The one who rode the chariot of fire rejoices with the one who will lean his head upon the breast of the Flame itself. Tabor becomes a Church, and on it Jesus unites the two Covenants, which His Holy Church receives, and makes known to us that He is the giver of both.
May we be filled with His light, the uncreated Light, the Light which overcomes all darkness!
It’s a glorious Feast!