Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Transfiguration took place during an experience of private meditation and prayer - not during a public speech or one of Jesus' tutorials to his disciples. It was an intensely personal experience. While words may fail us after such a profound event, a genuine, spiritual experience can easily withstand our own inability to understand it. We need not "talk an experience out" in order to make it real.
"They saw his glory." High mountains stand in Scripture as places of revelation, glimpses of glory, experiences of revitalization, times of transfiguration. Why has God been so grudging and sparing with holy places where the Divine is manifested?
We don't know. It remains a mystery. There are times when God has nothing to say, when God is silent -either waiting for us to speak or waiting for us to grow in wisdom.
But when God answers by saying nothing, it is still an answer.