Last Epiphany – Year A

Exodus 24:2-18; Psalm 2 or 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” – Pablo Picasso

                Sometimes our external appearance, especially of our face, hides what is deep within us.  At other times our face radiates something of our true nature, the light deep within us.  At the Transfiguration Jesus’ face was transformed (see Greek below).  “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.” (Matthew 17:2) (see Greek below)  Peter, James and John got a glimpse of who Jesus was.  It was not a cognitive revelation like a credo statement.  It was rather an experiential recognizing, knowing or connecting.  Can we also see this in each other?  How can we ever experience Jesus as the light if we can’t see the deep light in those we encounter every day?  We look at people and all we see is a yellow spot rather than seeing the sun.  This is not simply the fault of the other person as if he or she were somehow in hiding.  It may be due to our inexperience in visioning.  Experience is gained in practice.  Let us look at each other anew, over and over again.  Perhaps when other people find themselves being recognized they might just smile and glow.  And so might we.


                In Matthew 17:2 the word is transliterated “metamorphized” and is variously translated transfigured, transformed, changed in form, changed in appearance.

                Rather than “dazzling white” as in the NRSV most other translations say “white as (the) light,” which is more literal.  It speaks to the inner reality of Jesus being “the light.”


Light, bright, within hid,

forth burst in yellow glowing,

if only visioned.