This Sunday we celebrate the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Exactly 50 days to Easter. The Transfiguration is recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In each gospel it occurs around the time Jesus begins his journey from the region of Galilee toward Jerusalem. The Transfiguration is one of the primary epiphanies of the Divinity of Jesus. Peter, James and John see Jesus transfigured and talking with Moses and Elijah. They hear a voice from heaven say, "This is my Son, the beloved. listen to him." It is a clear witness that Jesus is not simply another prophet like Moses and Elijah. Nor another Messiah like David. Nor is Jesus just another man like Adam, like all of us. The Transfiguration is a witness to us that Divinity can be present in creation. There is nothing contradictory between real human being and God. Sometimes we are granted a vision of the reality of God.
This past week we learned that Kayla Mueller has died. We can't be sure how. We fear she suffered. Kayla herself bears witness to God's reality with her as light in darkness, as tender care, as goodness present in every situation, as love in the eyes of the poor. Her letter written in captivity is well worth reading. It is a remarkable witness.
As we continue to Walk the Way together, take something into the Lenten phase of the journey from the Epiphany stage. Like Kayla, like Peter, you have seen the glory of God. Look for the light, the goodness, the love of God in every situation. As for a key you might have lost and need in order to get where you are going, look. Don't give up looking until you find. You may need to fast, and pray, and think, and wait. But you will find. And most likely in someplace or in someone you thought you had already looked.
Blessings for a Holy Lent.