Monday, February 9th
For Sunday, February 15th, Transfiguration Sunday (last Sunday before Lent)
READ: Psalm 50.1-6 “God shines forth”
REFLECT: This is a text for Transfiguration Sunday. In church history, it is the Sunday before the start of Lent (the 40 day period of preparation before Easter), in which we mark the full revelation of Jesus’ identity as the son of God. That well-known story is in the gospel reading for this Sunday, Mark 9.2-9.
But we’ve been rotating through the lectionary texts of the Old Testament, psalm, gospel and epistles in this series and right now we’re spending time in the psalms. Given this psalm’s situation next to Mark’s transfiguration account in the lectionary reading, it’s no wonder that the phrase “God shines forth” shone forth from the page to me. As the scene in these verses is set in nature, I imagine a wooded area on a hillside, illuminated as the run rose, finally breaking over the crest of the hill. I’ve mentioned in other posts how much I love the sunrise. It is an image that fills me with hope like no other.
As I continue reading and praying, I imagine two figures being lifted up, suspended in midair, encased in light. One is Voldemort, the chief antagonist in the Harry Potter narratives, and the other is the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Each are transfigured to reveal their true nature. One is not really a beast and the other really is. For me, this begs the question: what would my transfiguration reveal about my true self?
RESPOND: God, we spend so much time and energy developing the scaffolding around our true selves – coping mechanisms and defense strategies against a lifetime of pain. Help us to open our whole selves to you, so that you might transform us day by day into our true nature as your people, as children of the light.
What part of your self do you hold back from others? Do you hold back out of fear, shame, insecurity? Imagine that God transformed that vulnerable part of your self into a great strength. What might God ask you to do with it?
LECTIONARY TEXTS FOR THE UPCOMING SUNDAY (and for you to try on your own):
2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Lectio Divina Paci is a weekly devotional guide by Audrey Hindes for peacemakers in the lectio divina form. Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, prayer, meditation, and reflection that treats scripture as the Living Word. Lectio Divina Paci is an opportunity for peacemakers to become more in tune with the voice of the Prince of Peace.