Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Transfiguration Sunday – C1

Years C
Exodus 34:29-35

When in deep conversation with G*D, self, or other we aren't always aware of the difference it is making in us. One way or another, deep conversation sets off fires within that cannot be hidden.

There are changes that occur in deep conversation that affect every other relationship we have, including with the one with whom we have had a deep conversation. Fear, from ourselves or another, is not an unexpected response to the significant change that has happened.

There really isn't any way to cover over the consequences of a deep conversation. This, of course, is one reason more such conversations don't go on - our preemptive fear cuts them off before change becomes necessary.

Are there some conversations you've been meaning to have that you've avoided for fear, yours or another's, that the result would be devastating to business as usual, would transfigure/transform your life and the life of the world?

If we were dealing with the Seventh Sunday of Epiphany (Genesis 45:3-11, 15) we would look at the issue of how other forms of presence can be as dismaying as Moses' - as when Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. Here, deep secrets that have been kept are a veil that needs to be lifted, not a deep conversation.

From whichever way we come at this issue of having one's face or one's family transfigured, this is a significant issue in a culture of fear - wars, disagreement is equated with treason, management by leaks, etc. Transfiguration may be one of our yet available hopes to make a difference.

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introverted Moses
finds energy
in mountain-top

extroverted Joseph
finds energy
in intra-personal

sparks fly
when energy is found
to light one's face
to light another's

its time
to engage energy
inner and outer
for transfiguration

of self
for edification
for reconciliation

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