Glimpses of Glory

The feast of the Transfiguration is shot through with light and darkness, glory and mystery. Whatever happened on Tabor, we feel its effect still. How many of us have wanted to lift up our eyes and see ‘only Jesus’ evermore? But just as we ascend the mountain in faith, so we must come down again in obedience and willingness to ‘work out our salvation in fear and trembling’. Our business is in the plain, where we must face the ordinariness of life. It is important, however, never to forget the little glimpses of glory allowed us, those moments of transfiguration with a small ‘t’ which let us see into the heart of things and slowly transform our understanding. Today we are confronted by the mystery of God’s glory revealed in human form. It happened once on Tabor, in the person of Jesus; and it happens daily in all those we meet, and in the face we see in the mirror, too. Isn’t that matter for wonder and thanksgiving as well as awe?