“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-6)
Sometimes I wonder why the Revised Common Lectionary (or more precisely those who organized it) put certain verses together. Especially verses for significant days such as Transfiguration Sunday. This is the point in the church year when we look at and celebrate when Jesus took Peter, James and John to a high mountain and there has a meeting (to put it simply) with Elijah and Moses. We will get to the story tomorrow.
Today we are with the Epistle passage and are reading what the writer of 2 Corinthians had to say. The passage has to do with light, the glory of Jesus Christ, and the revealing and telling of Jesus. All themes that are very appropriate for Transfiguration Sunday, and probably why this passage was matched with it.
But we are also looking at the theme of renewal and recommitment to faith. The writer of 2 Corinthians may talk about the blinded minds of unbelievers, but those who already believe can have their minds blinded too by “the god of this world.” If, as we know, the knowledge of God and the glory of God is unending then we can be unending-ly renewed and recommitted to Jesus and our Lord God. It does not necessarily mean we have gone astray; it could mean we have gone deeper. Something to consider as we approach Transfiguration Sunday.