He was transfigured before them,
           and his face shone like the sun,
           and his clothes became dazzling white.
           Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah,
           talking with him.

                           —Matthew 17.2-3

Jesus has just said he will be killed, and raised again.
If you give away your life for love, he said,
God will give you a new one.
Jesus has already surrendered his life.
He is already the Crucified One.
And now we see him, with others who have died,
and he is shining with Easter light, risen again,
before it even happens.

Jesus is the lighthouse shining at the mouth of the bay
where we enter the narrows of death,
shining to show us the way through
to deeper, wider life.
The light emboldens us to enter the dark—
the neglected, the unseen, the unfamiliar, the unloved—
to find life there, healing and beauty and resurrection.

In this dazzling light, if we trust it, if we follow it,
we ourselves may be transfigured.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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