Transformation as Evolution

I used to think I that understood the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. It is one of my absolute favorite moments in the story of Jesus’ life, full of mystery and wonder. If you would have asked me to recite it from memory before this week, I would have said: Jesus and some of his disciples take a hike up a mountain, and suddenly Jesus is illuminated, as if a great spotlight was shining on him, his whole body bathed in a golden light. The disciples panic, of course. Peter wants to build three shrines to capture the moment, and then God’s voice speaks.  Then just as suddenly the spotlight moves off of Jesus and things go back to ‘normal.’ In my mind the story of transfiguration was like a well crafted Instagram or Facebook story on social media, beautifully illuminated but it will disappear after 24 hours and then exist only as a memory for the disciples to ponder and wonder about.

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Beginnings

God’s speaking does not stand separate from God’s making. The divine speaking often involves a speaking with whatever is already created, with the pain of the moments that have brought us into creative inspiration, with the resilience that has brought us to try things new for us, with the desire to touch the Sacred in ways that we can only do together, and even with the culture of white supremacy that we are called to disrupt. The divine speaking often involves us in such a way that the receiver of the Word also helps to shape the result, the many beginnings and intentions and desires of the receiver are part of a holy interaction of creativity. While God’s beginnings before our beginnings creates the potential for this interactive response, it is creation from within the creation, not from outside of it where it happens.

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