Epiphany Last - Year B
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Good news is veiled, burka-ed. What it shall yet become is unknown. There may be a sweet perfume emanating, but it is like catching a mere glimpse of beauty - looking around for more - and wondering what triggered that sense for everything still seems everyday-ish.
This is true for all of us, whether we want to claim any particular one is on a track to perishing or flourishing. Our own beauty seems pale, not transfigured at all, very ordinary. What beauty is present in us and will last beyond us? - inquiring minds want to know.
Our current circumstance of mores, taboos, economies, powers, authorities blind us to the gifts available to and through ourselves and our neighbors.
While it is so comforting to be humble and claim our unimportance in relationship to mighty prayer-warrior Jesus or judge and sender-off-to-hell Jesus, we really cannot deny the good news that is inside us and is ours alone to reveal.
If light is going to shine out of darkness, it cannot be a slave-light. It will be our own knowing that we, too, are a light of the world and sin is our hiding of that under whatever cultural basket is convenient at the time. This is a week to practice shining forth.