This coming Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday! I am sure you are just as excited as I am for this important and high holy day in the church. Ok, I know it’s not Christmas or Easter or even Pentecost or Maundy Thursday, but it is a very important day in the life of the church and in our faith journey moving to the cross.
It was only a few weeks ago Jesus was baptized, and God broke into our world declaring, “This is my Son, the Beloved!” And here we are again with God breaking into the world and declaring, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
In the transfiguration, we are reminded of Jesus’ baptism, we are reminded of our own baptism. In our baptism we acknowledge God’s claim over our lives and the gift of grace we have been given through this covenant. We are reminded that we are beloved children of God and through these weeks of epiphany we have seen just how abundant that love is for us. And now, we are called to act on that abundant love by sharing the good news with others through acts of love in the name of God.
In Jesus’ transfiguration, he is surrounded by people of faith past and present: Peter, James, John, as well as Moses and Elijah. Before Jesus begins the next part of his faith journey towards the cross, he is reminded that he is not alone in this faith and living out God’s calling. He is surrounded by friends in faith and the cloud of witnesses that support him.
It is together that we are transformed for ministry.
It is together that we live out our baptism vows.
It is together that we become the beacon of light that this world needs.
Remember that you too are beloved children of God, and together with all God’s children we have been called to continue our journey of sharing God’s love with others by following Jesus, even to a cross.