This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday, which we also call around here Domingo Gordo, or Fat Sunday. This celebrates a mountaintop experience when Jesus went full Marvel Comic Character and glowed with mind-shattering light. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and there was a great conversation between the three about what was going to happen—namely, that the glowing Marvel Comic Jesus was not going to save the world, but the humble man from Nazareth, dying from state sponsored terrorism and the betrayal of his people, was going to do it.
The disciples didn’t want to hear that. They wanted Jesus to stay, Ammon Bundy-like, on the wilderness mountain to attract all the pious freedom fighters to gather. But Jesus refused. He left his glory behind, and took the way of the cross.
So, we celebrate Domingo Gordo with a rousing, revival-style service. But we celebrate with as much shine as we can muster Jesus’ humility and dedication to us, his passing of glory to us. We celebrate that Jesus wants us to be in the world as he was in the world—with open hands and open hearts, humble and truthful.
It’s going to be a great day. There will be dessert like you won’t believe!
And then, a week from today, Ash Wednesday.