Matthew 17:1-8


"Six days later, 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. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone" (Matthew 17:1-8).


It came up in my A Course in Miracles studies today. Tomorrow is my first day at a Unity service with my wife.


The transfiguration is described in all three synoptic gospels (Mark, Matthew and Luke), and would have had great significance, in particular, to Jewish readers of those gospels—or to Jews who heard the stories that had been transmitted orally prior to the appearance of the gospels. Moses and Elijah are the highly emblematic figures representing the Law and the Prophets—the whole essence of Jewish faith. Placing Jesus in their midst was making a strong statement about his role in fulfilling the Law and the Prophets and opening a door to expanded spiritual awareness. 

Metaphysically, the Christ Light within us embraces and illuminates all the religious traditions and teachings we have experienced, enabling us to understand them fully as the creative expressions of God we truly are. This awareness is not a function of our intellect. It occurs "up a high mountain" in the heart center. And we are not meant to stay in that lofty awareness. We are asked to bring it back down the mountain, into the lower dimensions of our human lives, so that its light can transform everything into expressions of the kingdom of heaven.

I'm happy to welcome you and your wife to the Unity community! I hope your first experience was comfortable and rewarding.


Rev. Ed