On the church calendar, the last Sunday before the beginning of Lent is Transfiguration Sunday, when we reflect on Christ’s divine transformation in the presence of several of his disciples. I’ll confess that the Transfiguration Sunday sermon is among my least favorite to prepare of the church year. The disciples didn’t understand or know what to say in reponse to Christ’s transfiguration, and neither do I! It’s a holy mystery. This year, as you’ll hear, I have striven to understand in the simplest way possible what happened to Christ, what happened many centuries earlier to Moses, all with a hope for what might happen, in the simplest way, to you and me.
At its simplest, Moses and Jesus shine with the glory of God. They are alight. The face of Moses is recognizable as his own, the figure of Christ is recognizable as his own, but that same old face, so familiar to brother Aaron and the rest, and the person of Jesus so constantly known to his disciples, they glow with an intensity that all onlookers know instantly is supernatural.