|Taken in June, Albany, NY|
While the Transfiguration was a few days ago now, it's still in my thoughts... I think my favorite reading is the second one of the day, 2 Peter 1:16-19:
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
“This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
That second part is my favorite: the reliability of the message and the apostles' attentiveness to it.
"You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." The Transfiguration is about more than Jesus showing a piece of his true divine nature to his followers. It's also about our own transfiguration through beginning to see that mystery that Jesus lovingly shares with us--that we let the morning star rise in our hearts.
Transformation and change require us to be open to God working in our hearts. I've been thinking about the transfigurations that have happened in my own life, especially during the last year. Life has a way of changing us, altering our perceptions, giving new meaning to what might seem old. And at the same time, those changes do not alter the person who is at the core of our being. In other words, though I know I have been changed by God in the last year, I am still the Juliet that I was before. Perhaps I'm even more myself as I listen more closely to God in my heart and on my life's path.
How have you been transformed by the love of Jesus in the last year?