John 12:35-36

35Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration. Traditionally, this day commemorates when Jesus ascended the mountain Peter, James, and John and was then transfigured into dazzling array with Moses and Elijah. From this story we remember that Jesus walked among us as a human, but that he is also divine.

I also encourage you to reflect on this icon of the Transfiguration. The character in the middle is Jesus (in the dazzling whiteness of the Transfiguration). To his right is Elijah. Elijah’s presence at the Transfiguration is meant to show how all the prophets were anticipating Jesus as the Messiah. To Jesus’ left is Moses (with the tablets of the law in his hand). Moses’ presence is meant to show how Jesus comes to fulfill the law. The characters below are Peter, James, and John who are bewildered by the scene. They are covering their faces, as if the dazzling glory of God is almost too much to bear.

When have you encountered the presence of God? What words would you use to describe those moments?

The Rev. Jimmy Abbott