The Clearing

Week 2 – The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Icon: The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Scripture—Mark 9:2-9:

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain on their own by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured; his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleach could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, “Rabbi,” he said, “it is wonderful to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.” Then suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore but Jesus.

God is not the object of our knowledge so much as the cause of our wonder. Unless we continue our spiritual journey with a receptivity to awe and astonishment, we shall surely miss those moments of eternity in time that God sets before us. If we miss these “moments” we will make little progress on our way.

  • How would you express an “Aha moment? [Or perhaps the Aha Moment?]
  • How would you visualize surprise upon hearing the Word of Love?
  • How would you convey an experience of the warming of the heart? 

The Icon Through Western Eyes by Russell M. Hart

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