Last Sunday after Epiphany - Mountaintop Experiences
St. Luke’s Burlington
22 February, 2009
A common characteristic of religious experiences is that the people experiencing them cannot find words to adequately describe the experience. It is ineffable. When one finds oneself in the presence of the divine, words stop. I think that is the reason that the story of Jesus’ transfiguration in the Gospel reading seems to fall unsatisfactorily short. The evangelist is trying to capture the experience in words, which can only point towards the experience, but can never capture it.
This is the last Sunday before the season of Lent, which is forty days before Easter, when we are encouraged to take stock of where we are on our spiritual path. And to allow God to transform us. How have you grown spiritually over the last year? What can you give up or take on to be more receptive to God in your everyday life? How can you go out into the wilderness, as Jesus did? How can you climb your spiritual mountain?