23rd February 2020

The Transfiguration

A few weeks ago we celebrated the birth of Jesus. We reflected then how, if you had walked past the open stable door how 'ordinary' the scene would have seemed.  In a few weeks' time we will think about the crucifixion.  We may reflect then on how to the outward eye of a passing traveller the cross would also have seemed very 'ordinary'.  

The transfiguration is an entirely different matter. This is a most extraordinary event, a 'Son et Lumiere' - a sound and light spectacular. The disciples witness Jesus' face shining like the sun and his clothes turn dazzling white.  What does this mean?  


In the Old Testament light is the garment with which God clothes himself.  The light with which Jesus shone on the mountain reveals the divinity of Jesus.  Not only did they see this revelation, but the disciples heard the voice of the heavenly Father, his words ending with (speaking of Jesus) 'listen to him'.  These words echo the words of Mary at the wedding of Cana in Galilee in John's gospel, 'Do whatever he tells you'.


'Listen to him' - 'Do whatever he tells you', are words which might usefully ring in our ears as we begin the season of Lent.  If they do so the ordinary days of Lent could be transformed into extraordinary ones.