Weekend Reflections for 3/15/19
The Christian journey is a pilgrimage that always moves from light into darkness, not vice versa. The journey is exemplified in the Bethlehem shepherds, told by the glorious angels to find God in the decidedly simple sign, a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, no aura of light surrounding him. God is always found in simplicity.
In this Sunday's Gospel we reflect on another theophany, the Transfiguration. Jesus affords his disciples a glimpse of his glory so as to strengthen them for the upcoming Passion, where they are to find him in fullness, in apparent darkness. Moses and Elijah here, the two great representatives of the Old Testament, of the law and the prophets, are seen conversing with Jesus. What are they speaking about? Jesus' upcoming exodus, or death, in Jerusalem! Indeed this will be the greatest of all God's theophanies, for those who have eyes to see.
From light Into darkness... Do you and I recognize Jesus in the darkness, in suffering, and struggle? That is how God prefers to manifest himself to us. Darkness is a metaphor for the mundane, the ordinary. Let us pray that the scales of our own eyes be removed and our pupils adjust to the lack of light that regularly surrounds us. There we will find the glories of God, hidden in creation, in others, under the sweet veil of darkness.
-Fr. Anthony Wieck, SJ