Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:30-31)
This coming weekend we will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday. It is the final Sunday in the liturgical calendar before we enter the season of Lent next week. In addition to being an opportunity to remind our younger generations that Jesus transfigured long before Star Wars made it cool, this Sunday gives us an essential turning point in our journey.
It is here that we find ourselves turning to face Jerusalem. In the light of Christ’s luminescent appearance we can already see the shadow of the cross looming on the horizon. The world has changed. Christ’s ministry is shifting. The end is coming – an end that is only the beginning of a much bigger transformation.
The disciples, as per their usual modus operandi, miss what is actually happening. They want to stay on the mountain and keep Christ as he is. Keep him in a box, and Moses, and Elijah. Because when God’s work really gets going, our lives cannot remain as they have been.
Though we cannot know what our own future will hold, what we do know is that just as God walked with Jesus on the road to Calvary and beyond, so God also walks with us into the future. There is new life coming. There is transformation already occurring in our midst. The question we must face is: will we welcome it?