Shine!

God has placed within youEverything you need to live life.

The account of the Transfiguration today- Said to Jesus on that mountain, says to us this morning:

"Wake up! See the world in a new and different way You have all you need to live your life today- All the light, All the guidance, All the resources"

The transfiguration account in the gospels falls right in the middle of the action- maybe 2 years into Jesus' 3 year run.

This mountaintop experience marks a turning point for Jesus.

Before this time his life is busy with preaching and miracles and crowds he’s what we would call “on the upswing.”

There's a distinct change in Jesusa after this incident.

After the transfiguration Jesus turns his face toward Jerusalem- Toward suffering, Toward sorrow, Toward death and glorious resurrection.

What did the transfiguration mean for Jesus?

Just this- It was a gentle yet dramatic reminder from a loving Parent “You have all that you need within that life of yours.”

The key to the transfiguration Is not some flashy spiritual experience- Or something external to who Jesus is And who we are.

The light of the transfiguration lies within Jesus himself.

That’s what transfiguration means.

Transfiguration means change- Real Change out there in the world-

But such change only results from what’s in here- Within ourselves.

How many times have you and I pined away for some positive change in our lives?

If only I had more money. If only someone loved me. If only he or she would change. If only If only If only Then everything would be different and life would be better.

Real change- Lasting change starts from within- with the realization that we have within our own selves everything we need.

The gospels record that a bright light shown, revealing, some would say even transforming Jesus from the Galilean peasant preacher to the God infused Savior of the world

That same light shines in each one of us- even when we can't see it.

That very same light is what enables us To cope with whatever life brings- To move out with confidence to share ourselves and God with others.

That same light Shines in every single person every single creature- If our eyes can only be opened to perceive it.

That is true change. True transfiguration.

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk famous for his wisdom and insight into God and people.

Every so often the Trappists allow their monks to leave the enclosure of the monastery for brief periods of time.

And so Thomas Merton’s turn came To go to downtown Louisville, The nearest town to his monastery- Which by the way is named Gethsemani.

There he was allowed to shop for socks and sandals Or some such monkish things and have a soda t the local soda fountain.

It was on one pf those trips That Thomas Merton e experienced his own Transfiguration.

Here’s what he wrote in his book Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander.

“In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers.

It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness… This sense of liberation…. was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud…

I have the immense joy of being human, a member of a race in which God Godself became incarnate. Now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this!

But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

Such IS transfiguration.

Amen.

SermonRev. Phil Boelter