Going Deeper 3/1/2019

The Gospel reading for Transfiguration Sunday...
Luke 9:28-36   Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.  And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.  Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.  They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.  Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.  Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"—not knowing what he said.  While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.  Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"  When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.  And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen. 

The disciples had certainly witnessed and heard a lot of remarkable things.  Miracles of healing, power exercised over nature, the dead raised to life.  They had received many teachings in parables and object lessons, and had witnessed a wide variety of reactions to Jesus.  They had been on a truly remarkable journey.

So, when they witnessed a spectacle such a the Transfiguration and saw Moses and Elijah, two extremely important historical figures show up for a visit, and then heard from heaven say "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"... well, you would think that they would listen to Him!

But soon the disciples would be arguing about who is the greatest and then running away when what Jesus told them would happen began to unfold.  It would seem as though pretty much everything Jesus said went in one ear and out of the other.  The disciples were confused.

At the core of the Scripture readings for Transfiguration Sunday is the teaching that we must keep trying to listen with greater clarity and follow with greater commitment.  The inspiration and strength to do so come as a gift from the Spirit of God.  The earliest disciples of Jesus did not really understand until the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and then kept on learning and growing from there.  We too must seek the Spirit in order to understand and to grow.

Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ, the Son of Man, divinity and humanity all wrapped up in one being.  We do well to listen to Him!!

With You in Him,
Mark

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