2 Peter 1:16–21
This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday. The New Testament reading alludes to the Exodus passage. In both cases, Man meets God atop a mountain. I was struck by Matthew 17:5. “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them…” I always imagine a dark cloud because of the word “overshadowed.” However, Matthew tells us that it was a “bright” cloud. How is it that a bright cloud can exist? What is a bright cloud? How can a cloud be bright? Nave’s Bible Dictionary points out that the transfiguration of Christ did not occur because a bright light shone on him but because glory came from him. The brightness of the cloud reminds me of the light resting on the heads of the apostles at Pentecost, the light God created in the beginning, and glory of the burning bush. Christ does not receive, reflect, or absorb light but gives it.