Thus story of Jesus' transfiguration
shows up in four of the canonical
the three synoptic Gospels
and the 2nd century letter of
and all of the writers re-shape the story
to fit their own
Most agree that Mark's version is the first of these four.
shapes his version—today's Gospel—
so it is parallel to his later scene
Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Some scholars think
the transfiguration and the ascension
come from the one and the same
experience of Jesus
What really happened,
and what does it mean for us?
We can be fairly certain
that Jesus often
went off alone to pray,
just as he regularly went to the synagogue.
he was a man of prayer comes across loud and
We know, from own
experience and observation,
that periods of meditation and prayer
Sometimes we see that a change has taken place in a
like after a retreat.
Sometimes we see people
decisions or commitments or re-commitments
that they made while at
So what's going on
Jesus goes apart to pray and has a profound experience,
deep in his being, affirming him:
“You are my chosen one,” he hears;
you I am well pleased.”
Jesus has been working hard to bring extraordinary
to the way people live,
the way they act toward one another,
way they share the goods of the earth with all
instead of accumulating them
Jesus finds the strength to continue on that path.
feels God’s affirmation and is transformed by it,
so enlivened that Peter,
James, and John
see the change in him—
We know the truth of this
because it has happened to each of us at some point.
We've had that
that moment of clear vision
Maybe it was at graduation,
ready to head into a career
that was before only a dream and a hope.
when we stood at the altar and said “I do,”
committing our life and love in
Or when a child was born.
We don't have words to really
what we feel at times like that.
Like walking on air.
being in a cloud.
We are changed, and so are the people
Jesus feels God’s
affirmation and is transformed by it,
so enlivened that the disciples see him
Peter wants to stay in the moment—
up some tents to keep everything where it is,
capture that time
But he has to leave the moment behind,
continue on the
We have to go forward,
Graduation day passes into job hunting.
The wedding turns into
The baby needs a diaper change,
gets an ear infection.
affirmation we experienced in prayer
becomes an imperative to action.
know what we have to do,
and now it's time to go on and do
For Jesus, life with God means
going to Jerusalem,
continuing in God’s way of peace and justice.
life with God means the very same thing.
Lent can be one of our times on the
a time to pray and reflect,
to get ready for those next steps
along the way.
And on that path, on the way with Jesus,
we, also, will be
We will be transfigured.
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