Mark 9: 1-8
When we are given a glimpse of the glory of God, the reality of the Kingdom, our own mission whether big picture or small picture guidance, it is easy to get stuck between the worlds. It’s scary to trust God and to have the courage to live the reality of the truth that is witnessed. As human beings, we don’t like to risk…we want to follow God but we want to be sure that our pension plans are set and that our friends, church family, real family, and others will support us and approve of us and validate our respectability…and therein lies the tension…between living heaven on earth or living on earth and simply worshiping heaven. Worshiping heaven can be good, but it also can be an excuse for not living the new truth that is revealed…what is possible when transformation takes place.
Do we consider ourselves courageous or a cowardly? Do we spend more time creating excuses as to why the time is not right or creating strategies and acting on them? Do you want to live a courageous life? Or do we want a safe life? Perhaps religion draws some people in the first place because they are looking for safety, and they have the perception that and if they could just get on the good side of God, then they’d have ultimate safety. Then something like the transfiguration in the story happens…you see a glimpse of God manifested, of the potential that is possible. The encounter with the Divine is meant to liberate you now, by helping you to see the limitations and fears that you have…wants you to yearn for what could be if you had courage. What would we be as individuals, in relationship, if we didn’t sabotage the transformation or try to control and diffuse the light of the divine acting in our world so that the light wouldn’t be as bright?
The trap in the story of the transfiguration is to think it is just about Jesus. If we make it just about recognizing who Jesus is then we don’t have to put ourselves on the line and hold ourselves accountable for following the grandest vision and the greatest truth of who God is and who we are called to be and how we are called to midwife heaven in this world. How many times have we put aside a spiritual truth or another truth so that we don’t have to be accountable to it because we are afraid?
We are called to be transfigured by the transfiguration…to live the love of God that passes understanding…to be channels of grace and blessing in the world…and to have enough courage, self esteem, and personal integrity not to allow fear and doubts (often of humiliation) to keep the light under a bushel.