“Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white” (Matthew 17:1-2). The churches who follow the Revised Common Lectionary recognize today as the Transfiguration of the Lord.
In a moment, Peter, James, and John were confronted by a sight they had never seen—Jesus glowing with a fierce intensity. Mark says that his garments glimmered with a brightness, “such as no one on earth could bleach them” (9:3).
I suppose it’s only appropriate that we have a less-than-dramatic imitation of transfiguration. Last night, the weather was warm and rainy. (By “warm,” I am speaking relatively!) This morning, we awoke to ice, and now, a steady snowfall. The whiteness of the landscape doesn’t compare to the glory of God in the face of Christ, but for right now, it’s enough to be a reminder of what today is.
(The images are of our transfigured—and still transfiguring—part of the world.)