This Sunday, February 19, is Transfiguration Sunday on the church calendar. This is the Sunday we focus our study and worship on the transfiguration of Jesus.
The Lectionary text comes from Mark 9:2-9...
"Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.' He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!' Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead."
According to the World English Dictionary - "transfigure" means to "change appearance of somebody: to transform the appearance of somebody or something, revealing great beauty, spirituality, or magnificence."
God has a habit of transfiguring...
At times this transfiguration is obvious and fantastic like the Transfiguration of Christ in the passage above. More often, the transfiguration happens slowly and is difficult to witness while it is taking place. But the transfiguration is happening all the same.
To the church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote these words,
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
God has a habit of transfiguring.
You and I are being transfigured more and more into the likeness of the Christ day by day.
Celebrate your transfiguration as God works in and through you revealing great beauty, spirituality, and magnificence.
I grew up in Marion, Indiana. Even though I haven't lived there for over 30 years, I still call this Central Indiana town home. One of my favorite parts about growing up in Marion was the opportunity to play organized sports from a very young age - PAL Club basketball, T-ball, and flag football. But in Marion, basketball has always been and likely forever will be king! Hoosier Hysteria can be seen in all of its glory in Bill Green Athletic Arena. Even the water tower used to list all of the State Basketball Championships won reminding one and all of what was of ultimate importance. I often say that the most prominent tree in Marion was the basketball goal. Every block had at least two or three. It seemed as if every little girl and every little boy grew up dreaming of one day becoming a Marion Giant donning the purple and gold. Before I got to Marion High School, I went to McCulloch Junior High from 1980 through 1983. Our mascot was the Bears, and our school colors were purple, gol…
We create a universe every time we tell ourselves, we tell one another, we tell our children,we are tolda story.Our examination of the storiesheard,overheard,created,told,must be deep and may even cause us discomfort.Let us ask our stories,our storytellers,our selvesthese questionsand more. Who are the protagonists?Who are the enemies?What are the worlds that are built, defended, reformed, destroyed?What is the quest?Who comes out the victor?Who dies at the hands of the conquering hero,at the hands of the dominant culture?
What is it that frightens you so? The color of his skin? The ambition of her spirit? The depth of their soul? A reality you can never understand? A truth you will never live? A love you cannot fathom? Why take what is not yours? Why deny others the possibility of being fully alive? Why destroy the opportunity to thrive? Or is it you? Is it you that you are running from? Is it you that ultimately frightens you most? -bshivers