Sunday is coming! Transfiguration, Year B, “Breaking into our fear”










He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.” (Mark 9:6)

I have made it made known on an annual basis that Transfiguration Sunday is my least favorite day on the liturgical calendar. I’m never quite sure what to do with what I call “glow in the dark Jesus” or how to apply his revealing transformation into my own life.

It is good to know I stand in good company, because Peter, James and John do not know what to do or what to make of Jesus either. Rather than celebrate that they are witnessing something spectacular, they are terrified. Initially, Jesus is also unclear how to deal with their fear or what to say to confront their unease.

I can relate to those feelings of uncertainty  – how about you?

That’s where God’s Word breaks-in: to bless and instruct them, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” (Mark 9:7)

When we are confused, afraid, anxious and left speechless, God’s Word breaks-in to show us Jesus.

Now that’s worth celebrating!

In the midst of trouble, fear and uncertainty, how might we approach this Jesus who shines in our darkness?

Better yet, what might this Jesus (the Word made flesh who breaks-into our lives [John 1:14]) do with us?

How might you show others, Jesus breaks into their lives too?


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