Transfiguration

Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, 

3 thoughts on “Transfiguration”

  1. Two parts capture my attention. One is the presence of cloud. The divine is hidden, revealed, masked at different times by clouds. We live in a world that finds it hard to hear the voice of God. It is there, we need to be in a place to hear it.. The second is the disciples wanting to hang on to the moment. I really get that as inspirational moments can be fleeting.

  2. From Margaret Silf (Landscapes of Prayer)…
    It was early in the morning as four men begun the climb up the mountain. It was long and hard. Three of them laid down to rest, the fourth went aside. They watched him through their sleepy eyes noticing that he came alive with an inner light, his whole being suffused with brilliance. Beside him Moses and Elijah deep in conversation. It was a moment in which timelessness broke through all the barriers of human history. The three knew they were in a sacred space – they tried to capture it. Then suddenly the moment faded. Again they were four travellers, now going down the mountain.

  3. This version of the Transfiguration is in Matthew’s gospel. Matthew seems keen to portray Jesus as a Moses like figure. In this version of the story Jesus face shone like the sun. Not unlike in Exodus where, “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” Moses appears first, before Elijah in this version and Jesus encourages the disciples not to be afraid. I think the message is to Matthew’s people, stand under this second Moses for a new and better life.

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