The Transfiguration.

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Today we celebrate the Transfiguration. This is the event in Jesus’ life where he takes Peter, James and John up to a high mountain, meets with Elijah and Moses and is transfigured before them. A strange story in many
respects that raises many  questions for me. Why Elijah and Moses? What did this “transfigured” look like? Just how bright were the clothes?

In some ways, these questions may not be important. What maybe more
important is the meaning behind the event. It comes a week after Peter
proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus then tells his disciples that he
must suffer and die to which Peter rebukes Jesus. Peter in turn is rebuked
by Jesus. These two events, Peter’s confession and the Transfiguration, are
closely linked.

The reading from 2 Corinthians gives us an important glimpse into the
meaning of the Transfiguration. God made “his light to shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of
Jesus Christ” (2Cor 4:6). This speaks very much to the mission that we have
as Christians to make the love of God known through the knowledge of Jesus
himself. We do this by carrying the life of Jesus in our bodies. That is by
what we do and say.

We are witnesses to Christ. We are to be “Christ to the world”. As the old
saying goes, we are His hands, feet etc. When people see us they are to see
a glimpse of Jesus. This image of Jesus becomes apparent as we know Jesus
and become obedient to his call on our life. In his gospel, John refers to
the cross as Jesus’ glory. Yes, Jesus did many wonderful and powerful deeds,
spoke and taught with authority all showing his divinity, but ultimately it
was his death and resurrection that showed his greatest glory. If we are to
show Christ in the world we too must be ready to serve others as Jesus
served us. This will often mean suffering, humiliation and difficulty. It is
only as we too are prepared to die to self, to be obedient to Jesus’ call on
our life, as he did with his Father, that we are transfigured and can truly
reveal Jesus in our body.

-Tony Wicking

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