The light with which Jesus shone in the Transfiguration, the glory of God, is not just splendor. It’s compassion. We shine with that light when we live in love for others, especially those who are hurting.
The power of love casts out the demons in us– our fear and self-centeredness– so that, set free, we can join in God’s work of casting out the world’s demons of evil, injustice and oppression.
When Jesus calls us, “Follow me,” it’s an invitation to discern what God is doing in our lives (or our church) and stay close to that. Jesus may call us to a new life, but he always invites us deeper into this life.
Imagine the magi as they followed that star: single-mindedly, with perseverance, enduring sacrifice and opposition. Follow the light of Christ with that kind of devotion.
Anna and Simeon had different styles and spiritual disciplines, but they both were watching for the holy, and ready to greet the miraculous in the Christ child. Our calling is to watch for the holy in everyone, and honor it.
As we meditate, line by line, on Mary’s song of praise called the “Magnificat,” we listen for God: how is God present in your life? How are you a part of God’s healing of the world? How is Christ being born in you?
We live by hope: not wishful thinking, but trust because we know that the future is already present. This hope energizes us to work for healing and justice even when it looks like a lost cause.
Our preparations for the coming of Christ require us to actually get up and leave the place where we are and go on a new journey, without knowing our destination, but led only by God’s promise.