The destiny of a human life, given over to God’s purposes, united with Christ, and adopted into his family is glory. The church commemorates the glorious entrance into heaven of the Virgin as a reflection of the glory of Christ that was revealed in his Transfiguration, manifest in his Resurrection and Ascension, and will be at last given to those who have been united with his divine Sonship through baptism.
The use of the Transfiguration Gospel for the Last Sunday of Epiphany is a stroke of genius.
What is it that Peter, John, and James perceive when they follow Jesus up the mountain and enter into the silence of Tabor? Not “words” as they are wont to hear them, but speech, singular and purified.
At the far edge of our science we aren’t looking so much at stars anymore as at the older light that was what the stars were before they were stars,