READING FROM the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. "At that time, Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up onto a high mountain," etc.1.
This Gospel reading, dearly beloved, which has struck the interior hearing of our souls through the ears of the body, calls us to the knowledge of a great mystery, and we shall seek for it all the more easily with the breath of God's grace if we turn our thoughts to those things which were told a little while ago. Christ, the Savior of the human race, God, when he established this faith which calls the "wicked to justice"2. and the "dead to life,"3. so filled his disciples with the admonitions of doctrine and his miraculous works that the same Christ was believed to be both Only-Begotten Son of God and also son of a human being. For one of these without the other does not benefit us for salvation. It would be equally dangerous to believe the Lord Jesus Christ either to be God alone without man, or man alone without God, since we must confess both equally. As true humanity was in God, so true divinity was in the man.
To strengthen the vigor of this faith, the Lord asked his disciples what they themselves, among the diverse opinions of others, believed or what they felt about him; and the apostle Peter, through the revelation of the Father on High, surpassing bodily senses and transcending things human, saw with the eyes of his soul the Son of the Living God, and he confessed____________________