One Transfiguration Sunday, as I heard the Lectionary words, I recalled one of my own mountain-top experiences in my faith journey. When we begin to recognize the Glory of God, it is dazzling. We are surrounded by radiance when we recognize God’s light.
But do we know there is a tunnel ahead?
The liturgical reading of the Church takes us with Moses as he ascends the cloud-covered mountain in the presence of the Lord; shows us Peter with Jesus transfigured in a numinous cloud of light; and describes Peter, James and John as they see Jesus transfigured on the mountain. The clouds are filled with light and glory!
In the clouds, Peter, James and John recognize the divinity of Jesus Christ. The Holy Light surrounds them, but they do not see they must go down from the mountain into the world. They do not know that within a few days they will watch in horror as Jesus is crucified. Surrounded by the clouds, the future is unknown.
Our vision is clouded, too. We have had a mountain-top experience in meeting our Savior, but we do not know to what that will lead us.
We do not want to go into the unknown where we cannot see the way ahead. We are afraid of the unknown and we sense that there is danger ahead. There is a tunnel at the end of the light.
“But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.”
We are not alone in the tunnel.
Lord, You have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that Your Hand is leading us and Your Love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Lectionary Year C: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Mark 9:2-9; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6