Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Transfiguration Sunday – C2

Years C
Psalm 99

We are not only spoken to by a shining face, but from a pillar of cloud. Where and when, then, are we not in the presence of revelation, of transfiguration?

If following the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany and looking at Psalm 37 (1-11, 39-40) we also find a transfigurational process present in everyday events as well as on a mountaintop or in desert. Among these events are the times when we do not fret - thus refraining from anger and forsaking wrath. Such a simple formula for dealing with life - don't fret.

Of course this is easier said than done. There is a helpful practice, though, that is mentioned before an injunction to not fret - be still. This we can practice. Paying attention to one's breath helps "still" happen. From "still" we find renewed patience. This patience makes us appear meek, which is only a cover for transfigured delight veiled lest it scare those not "still".

And so we move from a reference of a pillar of cloud to sitting dandasana. In this stillness keep what you find.

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transition
transfiguration
transformation

a trinity of movements
from one state to another
something active appears

yet clarity for each of these
comes in quiet moments
still centers, gentle breaths

without such stillness
there is busy-ness
there is willy-nilly-ness

to have them move ahead
rather than in cycles
gather a clear still eye

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