I am greatly indebted to a book by Ross Parmenter, The Awakened Eye, published in 1968 by Wesleyan University Press. The author coordinates for the general reader the thinking on vision of eye scientists, artists, psychologists, and religious visionaries. I recommend it to the preacher. It pointed me to a way of understanding the transfiguration not as something that happened to Jesus, but as an experience of transfigured seeing on the part of the disciples as they saw Jesus through the prism of the resurrection and the transfigured seeing that was part of that experience.
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.