Today is Transfiguration Sunday in the church year and it all revolves around the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on a mountain. He was there with Peter, James and John and suddenly he was transfigured, transformed, into a dazzling figure with clothes so white they were unearthly and visited by Moses and Elijah. A dramatic story that leaves us with more questions than answers.
This year, as Transfiguration is a yearly event, I decided to look into the notion of transfiguration not just for Jesus but also for us. The epistle lesson for this Sunday includes this: “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NRSV) We are being transformed into something very like what Jesus was Transfigured into, namely a glorified body. This is not, I hasten to add, that we become divine in the same way Jesus was but rather we will some day be exactly the people we were created to be complete with a body that is equally exactly what it was created to be. I, for one, can’t wait.
Knox Presbyterian Transfigured?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Transfigured?
As always, let me know what you think in the comments or any other way.