This Sunday is Last Epiphany, bringing us to the close of the short season of Epiphany and preparing us for a Holy Lent. Traditionally, this Sunday is also known as the feast of the Transfiguration, in honor of our reading from Mark’s gospel. This is the story of Jesus leading Peter, James, and John up a high mountain, where they experienced their Lord being transfigured, his clothes becoming dazzlingly white, as he was met by Elijah and Moses.
Climbing a mountain can be a harrowing experience, but it can lead to great rewards when we reach the goal. We all experience times in our lives when we are confronted with seemingly insurmountable challenges when we learn that we can only reach the goal with God’s help. These can be times of great spiritual growth. We can also realize spiritual growth when we reach out to help others who are confronted by their own mountains to climb. Perhaps as a Lenten discipline, we should all resolve to do more to reach out to others in need, helping them grow spiritually–and ourselves as well.