A Prayer Reflection on the Transfiguration
Jesus you were transfigured before them. Your face shone like the sun, and your clothes became white as light. I don't easily understand the purpose of this event until I meditate on the passage and see it’s effect on me. Jesus, please grant that we may enter into thinking deeply about your word, allowing you to shape us even when we are not having strong feelings in the moment. This discipline of looking at you is important. Please enable us to see you transfigured, to see you in all your glory.
To be in your direct presence where your glory is displayed is to be transformed. There is no way to see you and to remain ambivalent. There is no way to be in your presence and to remain aloof. It seems that Peter stumbles around here like I might saying something embarrassing in the presence of famous person because I don’t know what else to say.
No one can really see you and remain the same. Peter saw you in you glory and was addled; he was overwhelmed, he could not remain cool and dignified. He was in awe. There is an aspect of composure we want to maintain and honestly must maintain for people to trust us. Many of us have a tendency to gush in the face of celebrity or greatness if given the opportunity to meet them. We are in awe of well known people. But may we be most impressed with you so we will be less impressed with others or tempted to act in improper ways. May we be so impressed with your glory and presence that we will not be so addicted to people pleasing.
“Listen to him.” Perhaps this was the point all along. We listen to people with whom we are impressed. We listen to those with credibility, who have what we want. So someone good at leadership, basketball, making money, relationships, makeup, hair, if we desire what they are good at, then we listen to what they have to say about that subject. Peter and John and James were already impressed with Jesus. But there was a need for this incident to happen still. They were reminded to not get too casual, to not get too cool, to not become overfamiliar, to be moved to gushing, to be moved to not being dignified in what is said, but rather to be impressed, to be overwhelmed with you that they and we might listen even more intently. Here is the word from God. Listen to him. Listen to him. Listen to him.
So when the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified, O God, there is not enough of this in us. We lose our sense of wonder. We lose our sense of holy fear. We are the poorer for having little experience of terror in your presence. The teenage desire to be cool and impressive never completely goes away. May we confess our sin of needing to be cool, of wanting people to be impressed with us, of wanting people to like us. May we be stunned at your glory and goodness and care less about what others think.
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