The Pre-Christian and Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England had a keen sense for thin places. Thin places are places of energy. A place where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. A thin place is where one can walk in two worlds – the worlds are fused together, knitted loosely where the differences can be discerned or tightly where the two worlds become one. A thin place is a term used for millennia to describe a place in time where the space between heaven and earth grows thin and the Sacred and the secular seem to meet.
Was the experience that Peter, James and his brother John had a thin place? We do not know. but recalling the description in Matthew the veil between heaven and earth faded away. We find Jesus with Moses and Elijah. They heard the voice of God. They fell to the ground and were scared. The experience wasn’t long, but it was profound. It gave the accompanying disciples a glimpse of Jesus in his glory.
But what does it give to us?
The Transfiguration gives us a brief and fleeting glimpse of Jesus in all his glory. It is a taste of what is to come. It is offered to us encourage and challenge us in our daily lives. It reminds us that our lives are far more than what see, hear and experience every day. It is not just a matter getting through the day. Being a follower of Jesus is about living with meaning, purpose and hope. The transfiguration not only offers us a glimpse of Jesus in all his glory, it also offers each of us a foretaste of what God promises each of us in the fullness of the Kingdom.
- Have you experienced a thin place?
- Have you felt Jesus speaking to you?
- What does the Transfiguration speak to you?