This Sunday is celebrated as Transfiguration Sunday on the Liturgical Calendar. This is the Sunday we remember Jesus’ journey to a mountaintop with a few disciples and, there, He is transfigured in the presence of Moses and Elijah, and then God’s voice rings out declaring, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent, but for this Sunday, just before Lent, we are called to stand in awe of Jesus, to be reminded of who He is.
There is a great temptation here, at least for me, to take this story and start picking it apart in order to better understand it, or, more honestly, to see what we can learn from it. What does this story tell us that we can translate into our lives or how can this story inspire us to action? When I started writing this morning I was looking for those exact things, those exact ideas, but that really isn’t always the point of a story, there doesn’t have to be a moral, we don’t always have to look deeper and deeper into a text to find meaning, and sometimes we just won’t be inspired to do something.
That isn’t to say that there is nothing more to the story of the Transfiguration, that there aren’t deeper layers or things we can learn. We could talk about the desire of the disciples to do something for Jesus and Moses and Elijah and what that says about them and in turn what it says about us. Or we could talk about what God says about Jesus, how we should respond to that proclamation. We could even talk about the importance of Moses and Elijah’s presence at the transfiguration. But not today.
Sometimes we just need to stand in awe.