Second Sunday of Lent
And he was transfigured before them.
His divinity, the glory of God, shining through from within him. Shining through his humanity, his humanity in its perfection, transparent. Transfiguration and transformation are of course related. Transfiguration is a specific form of transformation. We strive toward the holiness to which we are called, being transformed into the fullness of the new creation which we have become. Transformation which themselves lead to our transfiguration. As the interior transformation take place our exterior appearance is changed.
For us, it works kind of like these stained-glass windows throughout this Church. For Jesus the shining glory of God is coming from within him, it is the light and glory of who he is in his divinity. These windows like us, are always unchanged panes of glass unless the light of the Sun shines through them. They are not transformed into prisms of light and storyboards of the faith. They remain just windows with potential. When the light more fully shines through, the windows are transformed and become glorious images of the love and mercy of God that has been outpoured on humanity from the moment of our creation when we were made in the image of God and likeness of Christ, made to shine with the glory of God. Made to be in our humanity so perfectly formed that this glory of God would shine through us and be like a storyboard of God's love and mercy for who look at us. Who look at us and hopefully see Christ, see the glory of God. More and more throughout our journey home, like increasingly sunny days shining through these stained-glass windows.
But the more we are given over to sin, weakness, selfishness, and lack of sacrifice, the more we are given over to a culture of death; the harder it is for any light to shine through us. Just as in the dark of night these windows say nothing to the world. They are dark and their potential remains unrealized, their purpose unfulfilled. God wants us to be transformed in such a way that we will truly be transfigured wrought by the work of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God.
This is what we're to reflect upon today as we enter into the second week of Lent. Searching our hearts. Allowing the Lord more space for the light to transform us and shine through us. To transform and transfigure us. That the world may know, there is a God. There is a God who loves them so much that his Son., Himself God, died for them.
Food for thought.
Fr. Blair Gaynes has been in the Diocese since 2008.