by Rev. John O’Neal
Sunday’s lectionary, in many traditions, is “Transfiguration Sunday”. It describes the event of Jesus glowing radiantly and being joined by Moses and Elijah. The disciples who witnessed this thought it was pretty amazing and offered to build a nice booth for the three prophets and just hang where the radiation was safe and contained. Then, a cloud came and God spoke, literally scaring the bejesus (that is not a seminary word) out of them.
There is much to explore in this account. Jesus was not the first to glow and that means something. As modern disciples, we too can “radiate” but not without some careful discernment on the source of the radiation and its side effects. Those of us who have been spiritually bullied know that this powerful story can radiate a toxic beam that promotes suffering and demands doctrinal vows of the divinity of Christ. Peter’s account can help us put this in perspective. The story also gives some space to wonder about worship, discipleship and evangelism while radiating fearlessly in the light of our encounter of Christ as we seek transformation and the coming kin-dom of justice.
We will see you Sunday, looking positively radiant, of course!