Super Moon

 

This coming Monday night, we will be able to see a super moon. The moon will be very close to us and very bright. (Let’s hope for clear skies) Growing up in the “boonies”, I have a lot of memories of bright moons. On a clear and cloudless night, the light  was so bright, you could drive your car without your headlights turned on.  The farmers could work at night bringing in the harvest. Looking at such a moon, you can understand why people in past times worshiped the moon. They thought that like the sun, the moon generated its own light. It wouldn’t be until modern times that we would understand that the moon simply reflects the light of the sun.

You can imagine St. Paul saw a lot of bright moons. Maybe it inspired him to write:  “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3)

It is no small thing to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. It changes you. As Paul just said, we are transformed by that light. For this to happen, we must have unveiled faces. Paul must have been thinking about Moses who when he came from the mountain, he placed a veil over his face. This is not for us because we are to remove any veil, any obstacle between ourselves and the glory of God.

The problem is that most of us are unaware of the fact that our faces are covered. There are sins and ways of thinking that we simply will not give up, so the veil remains. Taking off the veil can be a real struggle so we usually avoid it.  The veil hides us so that no one can really see us. The problem is that our veil of pride and pretense blinds us to the light of God’s glory.

Of course, the Church gives us the way to take off the veil:  prayer, fasting, good works, reading the Bible, attending church and so on. Confession can really help us, but we avoid it. The goal is reach holiness,  to be like the Super Moon, full, bright, and unmistakable. Men will see no matter how dark the night. The light of God will reflect from our faces., when we begin to attain to holiness. Those around us will glorify God at the Light of Christ which reflects from our faces.

No, you can’t hide the Super Moon under a bushel basket! The light of Christ cannot be hidden, either. Listen to  Montovilov, the friend of St. Seraphim of Sarov. describe his super moon experience:

“Then Father Seraphim took me very firmly by the shoulders and said: “We are both in the Spirit of God now, my son. Why don’t you look at me?”

I replied: “I cannot look, Father, because your eyes are flashing like lightning. Your face has become brighter than the sun, and my eyes ache with pain.”

Father Seraphim said: “Don’t be alarmed, your Godliness! Now you yourself have become as bright as I am. You are now in the fullness of the Spirit of God yourself; otherwise you would not be able to see me as I am.”

After these words I glanced at his face and there came over me an even greater reverent awe. Imagine in the center of the sun, in the dazzling light of its midday rays, the face of a man talking to you. You see the movement of his lips and the changing expression of his eyes, you hear his voice, you feel someone holding your shoulders; yet you do not see his hands, you do not even see yourself or his figure, but only a blinding light spreading far around for several yards and illumining with its glaring sheen both the snow-blanket which covered the forest glade and the snow-flakes which besprinkled me and the great Elder.”

There is so much for us, my friends. If only we would take off the veil so that we too can see the Light of God in the face of Christ.

One Response to “Super Moon”

  1. nichole3 Says:

    Fr. John,
    Thanks for another good exhortation. I like how you said that the church gives us the windex and rags by giving us prayer, confession, going to church, reading the Bible etc. That was very helpful.

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