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Transfiguration Sunday: We can't stay on the mountain

How often do you reflect back on a "mountain-top" experience in your life? What continuing role does it play other than a positive memory?

The Season of Epiphany began and concludes with an extraordinary event, a clear revelation of who Jesus is and what he means to God and to God's Kingdom. At his baptism and now on the Mt. of Transfiguration a divine voice from heaven articulates our hope and his blessing: "THIS IS MY SON, WHOM I LOVE; WITH HIM I AM WELL PLEASED. LISTEN TO HIM!"

Yes, listen to him, but even more acutely, we are called to follow him. That means back down the mountain into the fray and into an uncertain future. We can't stay on the mountain. We can't become isolated and insular. To follow Jesus means we have to accept change. The disciples wanted to prolong the glory, the high they experienced with the heavenly visitors, Moses and Elijah. Yes, maybe glory a little in the past. Sound like a familiar strategy?

But it wasn't so easy. Down the mountain they came. And soon they were put upon by a father and a possessed son. So often the "mountain-top" experience is quickly overwhelmed by the needs and pressures that confront us and we have to move on. Why is it never easy? Why does change often have to feel so disruptive? What's next?

For one thing, Lent, of course, and another 40 day journey to the cross with Jesus.

Happy Transfiguration everyone! See you on the 19th!

Pastor Tom

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