Last Epiphany – Year C

Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

“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).  The appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” (Luke 9:29) (see Greek below)  In Matthew’s account it says his face shone like the sun.  Either way we get the impression of shining brightness.  Through this luster comes clarity for Peter, James and John.  They got a glimpse of who Jesus was.  It was not a cognitive revelation like a credo statement.  They probably could not put it into words.  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 luminosity 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.  We often only see the dull external.  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 more.  And so might we.  Dazzling each other becomes reciprocal.  With this back and forth recognizing of each other we all become more like Christ on the mountain top.


                Luke 9:29 says that Jesus clothing became “dazzling” white.   It speaks to the inner reality of Jesus being “the light.”  However, the most literal translation would be “like a flash of lighting.”


Light, bright, hid within,

flashed forth in yellow glowing,

visioned in knowing