- Exodus 24:12-18
- Psalm 2 or Psalm 99
- 2 Peter 1:16-21
- Matthew 17:1-9
Like Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, it is in those mountaintop, seeing-the-light experiences that we begin to understand what the Lord is calling us to do in our covenant relationship. Each of our readings today speak of light and the sign of God’s presence.
In Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration, Peter, James, and John see Jesus, shining with brilliant light, talking with Moses and Elijah. They hear the affirmation of the voice from the cloud, and are cautioned after the experience to tell no one what they have seen until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.
For individual or group reflection:
- Share an experience of transfiguration. Light a candle and pass it around the circle of those gathered. Let each person describe an experience from the past week that was holy. Some of these experiences may appear to be very ordinary and remember that holiness and happiness are not the same. As each person shares a story, redirect the group to find the holiness in the story, not how amazing the story or incident was. After each person’s sharing, invite the group to respond, “God’s holiness transfigures our daily lives.”
- We sometimes experience a feeling that people we love are “going into a cloud” where we cannot follow (a loved one going into surgery, a child going off to kindergarten or college, a friend slipping into dementia). Share an experience like this. How did you feel?
- When have you had a solitary encounter with God?
- When have you seen a person with a radiant face? What was the occasion?
- What visions of God have you had?
- What needs to be transfigured or transformed in your life?
- Peter misunderstood how to respond to the Transfiguration. When have you wanted to set up a shrine around a holy experience rather than taking what you learned from it back to the ordinary?
- How do you feel when you leave a transfiguring experience?
The sun’s gold splendour now sunders the night, And shatters the power of the evil one’s might. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart