February 19, 2012

This Sunday is the last Sunday of Epiphany. Always, on the last Sunday of Epiphany, the lectionary considers the “Mount of Transfiguration.” This year, the text comes from Mark 9:2-9. This text is paralleled with 2 Kings 2:8-12, the story of Elijah’s “transfiguration,” being lifted to heaven in a chariot. These texts open a very mystical theme for consideration. They deal with the spiritual experience. Considered as metaphor, they deal with our own spiritual experiences, those in which we are transformed, transfigured, and made into new creations.