This Sunday is the Feast of the Transfiguration, when Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a mountain and appeared transfigured in glory (Luke 9:28-36, Matt. 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8). There come moments, for different persons and at different times, when we see more clearly, if only for a brief period, the glory and love and God and our place in God’s kingdom. The disciples came down the mountain still with questions, still fallible, but nevertheless encouraged to carry on. May God great to each of us moments of insight and of peace, and may we not be discouraged that such moments may be fleeting but rather may we be reminded to open our eyes and hearts to the glory of God all around us, and to encourage one another to share their own insights.
Pray with me:
O Father, give our spirits power to climb
To the fountain of all light, and be purified.
Break through the mists of earth, the weight of the clod,
Shine forth in splendor, You who are calm weather,
And a quiet resting place for faithful souls.
To see You is the end and the beginning,
You carry us, and You go before,
You are the journey, and the journey’s end. Amen.
(adapted from Boethius, c. 480-524)