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The second section of Edith Humphrey, Ecstasy and Intimacy, is about Light. She chooses to root her reflections in the Transfiguration, a text/event rarely discussed.
Why do you think Jesus was transfigured? Was it for Jesus — to encourage him in the face of his announcement of death — or was it for the disciples — to show them what will happen beyond the death they may face in union with the crucified one? Or was it a revelation of who Christ was/is? (OK, you can choose all or more than one, but do you have any leanings?)
“Indeed,” Edith says, “it is not we who move into the light, but the Light that searches and finds us” (81).
The Transfigurations themes are discussed in each Gospel. A very nice summation, too. She then connects this to the glory of Christ and the perichoresis of the Trinity. Perichoresis, she says, does not say it all — there is more to it than the dance idea — for one must deal with the ecstatic going out to the Other(s) and the intimate participation/reception by the Other(s). And this ecstasy and intimacy spills into all creation.
What I like about this chp is that she — as a good NT scholar — ties Transfiguration to 2 Corinthians 3-4 where we find Spirit, glory, Eikon, and transfiguration themes all tied into what happens (not only to Moses but also) to Christians. In the Spirit, the believer is transformed. This is our transfiguration.

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Scott Watson

posted February 1, 2008 at 9:37 am

Not discussed–by whom? Easter Christian theology and spirituality are immersed in this event as a pivotal.

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tim atwater

posted February 1, 2008 at 11:50 am

thanks for this timely post. This coming Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday for those of in the liturgy of the western church…
as usual i’m in the both/and interpretive camp…
going with the last part most heavily. It’s for us as teaching and model. We the church are to be transfigured, transformed inwardly and outwardly…
we’ll use the exodus 24:12-18, ps 99 and matt 17 readings but i’ll preach mostly from the (mt) beatitudes… which i see as directly linked in the mountain setting (and matt 28)…in the exodus/Moses/Elijah/traditions… and in
setting up expectations that we too, disciples here and now, are called to get up on the mountain, see (epiphanize)… chill with Jesus and the prophets… resist the temptation to overbuild institution… and come down to heal and proclaim the kingdom… (and i hope to say it almost that succinctly with some good simple illustrations — prayers appreciated.)

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tim atwater

posted February 1, 2008 at 6:41 pm

sorry for the (inadvertent) Protestant chauvinism! i should have remembered Catholics mark Transfiguration on 2nd Sunday of Lent…
(and Beatitudes are the Epiphany 4 gospel reading)

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