Made for Glory
The Sunday reading for my church this weekend is the passage of the Transfiguration of Jesus, so I have found myself thinking about this in preparation for Easter. What was the meaning of the Transfiguration? What did it mean for the three disciples Jesus revealed His glory to? What does it mean for me?
If you want a refresher of the story you can read Mark 9:2-10, otherwise here is a short bit of the passage:
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white...Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, 'This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.'
Pondering the meaning of this passage I flipped open a book that I was recently given called The Wellspring of Worship by Jean Corbon. I knew that he reflected on this passage in his book, and was very struck by two things that he said.
Christ was 'transfigured, not by acquiring what he was not but by manifesting to his disciples what he in fact was; he opened their eyes and gave these blind men sight.' ...The change is on the side of the disciples.
Woah. So, Jesus didn't "change" but rather revealed himself more fully. I wondered, what enabled the disciples to be ready for that encounter? All it took was their faith. Faith is striking me so much these days- it seems like the key for everything. I often think of Christianity as so much work on my part to get my life together, but Christ shows us our primary role is to simply believe. When we believe our eyes are opened like new sight that Christ gives to the blind. When we believe we are more capable of receiving- for the disciples this meant receiving the gift of seeing more of Christ's glory.
Secondly, Corbon says:
He reveals himself by giving himself, and he gives himself in order to transform us into himself.
This is simple but profound. This tells us that the event of the Transfiguration was meant to teach us what we were created for-GLORY! Christ's clothes became dazzling white to teach us that WE were created to become radiant as we become more like Christ. Of course as Christians we have a daily struggle to grow in virtue and holiness, but the game changer is believing that we were created for it! Then the struggle can be endured with confidence that is within us already! Lent is a perfect opportunity to focus on purification and re-ordering our lives so that we can become the radiant people Christ made us to be.
Holy Spirit, I surrender my life to you again this day. I claim your love and thank you for the gifts and talents you created me with. Father, I give my life to you again- to become the person you created me to be. I ask for the gift of faith to see life with the wisdom of the prophets and to believe in your goodness with the trust of the disciples. Amen.