Pastor relayed the story of someone quietly explaining the intricacies of a military funeral as they occurred. Unbeknownst to the person offering the play by play, no explanation was necessary. The meaning of each aspect of the service was obviously important to the person relaying the story and they wanted to share it so that others might also feel the same sense of awe. But there are times when you need to be quiet; when the awesomeness of the event should be enough. Sometimes, you can’t explain something in words. How do you explain Moses and Elijah standing there with Jesus?
Much has been written about this passage and often the word transformation is used in place of Transfiguration as if the words mean the same thing. But as we discussed in Sunday school, someone can be transformed without being transfigured but it seems unlikely that someone who has been transfigured cannot also be transformed. But to define the exact difference between these two is difficult to put into words.
At the end of the gospel lesson, it says that in those days the disciples who witnessed the Transfiguration told no one any of the things they had seen. They may not have told anyone immediately but they eventually shared the story, probably after Jesus’ death and resurrection, when what they saw began to make sense in their own minds.
We are so accustomed to having noise in our lives that often times we don’t pay attention to what is going around us. With all the noise how do you process what you see? Pastor led the congregation through a centering prayer. Centering prayer places a lot of emphasis on interior quiet. It’s only when we are silent that we can hear God’s voice and maybe even saying to us just as he did to Jesus, you are my chosen.