Last Sunday After Epiphany (Year B) RCL
Not long ago my nephew was forcing me to find Waldo in page after page of busy scenes where somewhere there was a goofy guy in red and white stripes. “Where’s Waldo”, “Magic Eye”–we love seeing games where we must pick out an image from visual confusion. Perhaps this love comes from our history as hunters and gathers, when we had to unmask the camouflage of animals in order to gain our daily food. Whatever it is, we love seeing what was invisible made suddenly apparent.
The ability to see beyond the obvious is a skill and we have to develop it. I know people who have never been able to make a “magic eye” picture work for them, but most of us, after we see one “magic eye” image can see any “magic eye” image. Once we learn how to see, we are able to see everything and anything anew.
Seeing is the common thread of The Revised Common Lectionary readings for this last Sunday of Epiphany. Elisha must see Elijah taken up into heaven in order to have his double spirit, in 2 Corinthians Paul speaks of “the god of this world” blinding “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,” and finally in the Gospel reading we have the recounting of the transfiguration where Peter, James and John see Christ glorified in an apocalyptic meeting with Moses and Elijah. Read more