“Trans”. We hear things about “trans” nowadays. Trans fats seem to be bad for us, at least this week. I think. (Do Double Stuff Oreo’s have a lot of them? Just asking.) Of course in movies there is the whole “Transformer” series, which is pretty fun to watch if you are a “Double Stuff Oreo” kind of guy. Just saying.
“Trans” is officially a prefix from Latin, meaning “across”, “beyond” or “through.” In our society today we hear about those who are “transsexual” or “transgender.” Indeed, “trans,” when it is put before certain words, can stir up some interesting discussion. What we might not hear enough about is “transformation.” How is God trying to transform us into the people God longs us to be? Just asking. In our Gospel lesson for Sunday, February 11th, we will hear the “transfiguration” story of Jesus on the mountain top where he appears, transfigured, with Moses and Elijah on either side of him. He is reported to be seen in dazzling light, glorified by God before all. Jesus is shown as the living light of God. What God desires us to be transformed into is the kind of people who give of this same light, albeit a lower wattage. We are called to be transfigured before each other, and in God’s world, in the words of our baptismal service, letting our lights shine before others so that they can see our good works and give glory to God. Just proclaiming.