The Gospel for this coming Sunday:
“Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. Andwhile 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 hadseen.”
This Sunday is the last of the season of Epiphany, the last before we begin our Lenten journey onAsh Wednesday. We will say and sing our last “Gloria” and “Alleluias,” and put them awayuntil Easter. Always on this Sunday we have the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, this year fromthe Gospel according to Luke.
Some things to ponder from Luke’s telling of the story:
Where was Andrew? What were Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus about?
Why were Peter, James and John so quiet about what they had seen?
What would your reaction be, had you been on that mountain that day?
Let us pray:
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,