He took with him Peter and John and James and went up a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. (Lk 9:28-29)
Beauty is an elusive thing. Is it simply in the eye of the beholder or are certain things inherently and objectively beautiful regardless if people perceive them to be or not?
Mt. Tabor is one of those places where one encounters that which is beautiful. From the stunning church building to the panoramic views, there is a tranquility and splendour on this mountaintop that draws you into the mystery of the Transfigured Christ.
It was here unlike any other moment in his earthly ministry that the divinity and beauty of Christ was revealed to the world and today it is as if the Lord has forever impressed his own beauty upon this mountain of all to behold and find refreshment.
It was here that I attempted to speak of the importance of the beautiful in our lives, how it enraptures and dazzles us, and how Christ has infused so much beauty into this world to draw us closer to him.
“Lord, It Is Good To Be Here! [audio https://swordsoftruth.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/transfiguration.mp3] No PDF Version
“Beauty, then, is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and his revelation. These considerations should make us realize the care which is needed, if the liturgical action is to reflect its innate splendour.” Pope Benedict XVI
Fr. Nathan Siray