The Transfiguration: full of light



The feast of the Transfiguration. This is a great day, full of possibility and giftedness…


The Saviour's Transfiguration, early15th C, Tretyakov Gallery, attributed to Theophanes the Greek
The Saviour’s Transfiguration, early 15th Century icon, from the Tretyakov Gallery, attributed to Theophanes the Greek



In a dazzling moment on the mountain God is revealed as Trinity: the Father’s voice, Jesus the Son transfigured, the Spirit presence in the cloud.

Jesus is revealed as the Christ – the ‘Small Epiphany’ after the great Epiphany of the Baptism of Jesus. He is still human, earthy, one of us – but he is also revealed to be divine, limitless, full of light and love. And so too transfiguration – deep change towards light and love – is revealed as a possibility in us and in the world.

But this is not just about us changing for the better (as important as that is). The Transfiguration reveals our true reality and destiny. For a moment our own humanity is broken open, and we glimpse our at-oneness with God, what theologians call ‘theosis’, our ‘deification’ and what St Peter described as ‘an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading.’ (2 Peter 1.4). You and I are full of divine light and love…

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