Friday, 8 August 2008

Transfiguration - by Miss Eagle

This reflection is from Desert, a spiritual blog by Brigid aka Miss Eagle, in Upper Fern Tree Gully, Victoria, Australia. It is winter there - Ed.

August 6 was the Feast of the Transfiguration. As the photo shows, just three years ago, the fruit tree beside my window was covered in blossom... my fruit trees have very few blossoms now....

In the Northern Hemisphere, Easter coincides with new life in nature. In the Southern Hemisphere, Easter happens in Autumn when the leaves are falling and nature prepares for Winter.

I love the Feasts but, on those occasions when we observe those that are not Easter and Christmas, I think we talk about them in a way which does not give any depth to the experience. I think that, in the main, this is how the Transfiguration is treated.

The Transfiguration was a supernatural event intervening in the natural order of things. It was transforming and predictive of the new life to come. Just like the Southern Hemisphere is experiencing at this time. How wonderful then if people in the south of the globe could take this great season of the soul and transform it to mirror the wonder of regeneration that is happening in the environment. We could then experience both the transfiguration of our environment and of our spirits.

See also The Transfiguration Lyrics by Sufyan Stevens. His lyrics follow the Biblical accounts of Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9: 1-8, and Luke 9:28-36

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