A few Sunday’s ago was Transfiguration Sunday on the liturgical calendar. The story in Mark 9:2-9 notes that Jesus, Peter, James and John are set apart by themselves up on the mountain. Moses and Elijah join Jesus whose clothes had become a dazzling white. It was suggested in a recent lectionary discussion group that if Moses represents the Law and Elijah represents prophecy and Jesus represents justice and liberation from oppression, then at the end of the pericope only Jesus remained. Perhaps the story denotes that after the law and prophecy go away, that the work of justice remains. The disciples saw only Jesus and heard the voice from the cloud encouraging them to listen to the Beloved.
I think such a transformative event provides an example of mountain top experiences that can help us to focus on justice, focus on the Beloved to whom we are to listen and trust. As my time in seminary draws to a close, I’m thinking about transformation, transition, and dazzling brilliance. We have an opportunity in seminary to not only learn and grow in wisdom and grace, we have the opportunity to “put on” and “try on”. As we prepare for whatever ministry God has for us, we can spread our theological wings and soar to new spiritual heights.
I pray that as other seminarians answer the call to ministry, that God would build and inspire for the work of justice, church planting, academics and all else that God has called each of us to do and to be. The work of justice and equality transforms those who do the work and I continue to pray for our dazzling mountaintop bright to inspire us to listen to the Beloved and come back down the mountain ready to go to work. May God richly bless.
Cathy Alexander was the seminary interim with AWAB in 2010-2011 and has served as the Liaison to Seminaries and Seminarians in 2011-2012. She is a candidate for ministry in the MCC. She and her partner live in the metro DC area.