Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]
About eight days after Peter had acknowledged Jesus as the Christ of God, 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. . . . 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!”
sermons4kids: “You and I have many wonderful experiences as we follow Jesus. . . . When we have a great “mountain top experience” we may wish that it would never end. But remember, the best is yet to come!”
Collect: 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.
Reflection: Look at Luke 9:35: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” Where have you heard words like these before in the Gospels? (Hint: see Luke 3:22.) Where have you heard words like these in your own life? When have you had a strong sense of being chosen, claimed, and called by God? How have you responded?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
Eye Candy: “The Transfiguration“, Byzantine mosaic of c. 1100 from the Monastery of Daphni near Athens; “Luminescence” by Livan Kudriashev; “Transfiguration” by Terrance McKillip (scroll down); and by Carl H. Bloch.
It was Jesus of Nazareth all right, the man they’d tramped many a dusty mile with, whose mother and brothers they knew, the one they’d seen as hungry, tired, footsore as the rest of them. But it was also the Messiah, the Christ, in his glory. It was the holiness of the man shining through his humanness, his face so afire with it they were almost blinded.
Even with us something like that happens once in a while. The face of a man walking his child in the park, of a woman picking peas in the garden, of sometimes even the unlikeliest person listening to a concert, say, or standing barefoot in the sand watching the waves roll in, or just having a beer at a Saturday baseball game in July. Every once and so often, something so touching, so incandescent, so alive transfigures the human face that it’s almost beyond bearing.
Movies/Videos: “A beautiful mind” (2001), “protracted struggle with schizophrenia”; “Cast away” (2000), “spiritual tale of man stranded on an island”; “Bringing out the dead“, (1999), a paramedic experiencing a spiritual emergency.
Image “Luminescence” (1926) by Russian artist Livan Kudriashev.
Our dynamic duo of Pastor Doug and Chaplain Chris will be your teachers for Sunday. Let’s talk about Lent this week. Bring your thoughts! Hope to see you at 9 on Sunday.