Sunday, March 8, 2020

theophany



"Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light." (Mt 17:1-2)



The Transfiguration is sometimes referred to as the “Theophany of the Lord” - where “theophany” means a “mysterious, divine appearance”. 


Think: Moses and the burning bush, Elijah in the cave, even Saul, knocked off his horse, and blinded - and obviously, Peter, James, and John in this Sunday's Gospel. 

Moses, Elijah, and Saul all had faith in God before experiencing a theophany - but it’s clearly fair to say their faith, or recognition of God’s action in their lives, evolved in some way afterward. Saul became Paul, and Elijah recognized God in the quiet breeze, after looking for him in the raging storm.

As for Peter, James, and 
John... though perhaps a little overwhelmed and even confused by what was happening in this Gospel, all of them became important figures in the early Church following Christ's death and resurrection.   

How have you experienced “theophany” in your own life, in your walk with Christ?

Perhaps you’ve experienced a “burning bush” moment in which God revealed himself to you in a particular and new way. 


Perhaps you’ve experienced God’s self-revelation in a more subtle manner. 

Or maybe you even feel like Peter, James, and John - overwhelmed, and even confused, by God's manner of dropping his mask in your life, and you feel like you're not quite sure where you're going yet.


How do these mysterious, divine appearances change your perception of the Divine, and what faith means in your life?

How might you choose to embrace God's self-revelation in your life, and continue to seek its meaning - even if/when it causes you to feel overwhelmed or confused?  




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