August 6, 2017: The Mystery and Majesty of God
This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. There is mysterious, other-worldly imagery in the Bible readings today. The prophet Daniel has a vision of God as “The Ancient One” seated on a glorious throne. Jesus is transfigured on a mountaintop before his three good friends Peter, James, and John. There is a brilliance and a glimpse of glory that causes them to fall down.
Today’s Liturgy reminds us that there is a lot of mystery about who God is and how God is. In fact, if we think we have totally figured out everything about God, it is a good indication that it is not really God we picture but rather our own limited human sense of God. Our response to God’s glory and majesty ought to be what is sometimes called “fear of the Lord.” This kind of fear is not terror but a sense of awe in God’s presence.
What helps you to experience the mystery and majesty of God?