Saturday, February 2, 2008

Transfiguration: Our Exodus

When standing outside the grounds of the Church that is located on Mt. Tabor, our friend Henry Carse reminded us that when Jesus was on the top of Mt. Tabor, along with the prophet Elijah and Moses, he turned his face, and thus his entire life, to the direction of Jerusalem, miles away, and more than a day's walk. Wherever one's face is set, the feet must follow. Thus, setting his face toward Jerusalem, Jesus was set on his Exodus to set not only the Chosen People free, but Gentiles as well. All of creation would be set free on this Exodus, this pilgrimage of freedom.

On the eve of Transfiguration Sunday, I am reminded of being on the top of Mt. Tabor one Sunday, and then on the top of Mt. Sinai a few days later, celebrating the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, a meal that gives sustenance on our earthly pilgrimage, as a tangible, real, concrete reminder of who and whose we are. "Take, eat," and "Take, drink," body, blood, given, for us.

So while Jesus celebrated Passover in Jerusalem proper, it was here, on Mt. Tabor, that he truly began the pilgrimage that we now call Lent.

Pilgrim onward!

Bien camino!

Pilgrim peace, Brett