When we hear the word exodus, we think of exit, leaving, the end of something.
Today we celebrate the transfiguration, the moment when Jesus appears with Moses and Elijah (the Law and the Prophets), symbols of the original covenant with Abraham.
The topic of their conversation:
his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem
The verb πλερου can be translated accomplish, to make something full, to fulfill. What will look to the world like the end and death will be the fulfillment. The exodus is not simply leaving, but a beginning, the beginning of a journey to the promised land.
Will the pain, the suffering and the death be real? Oh yeah. There will be agonizing pain, but it is pain with a purpose, a purpose the human eye cannot see.
Today we celebrate the moment when God gives the apostles a glimpse of the glory to help prepare them for what is to come.
Jesus had to come down from the mountain and enter into the deepest valley, death. Only through death could he get to the ressurection.
We who have been baptized into Christ carry him within us. We have the power to endure. We know the goal, the prize. Like Jesus we may fall along the way but with faith we can make it.