Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. 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 overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.
As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.’
The Gospel for the feast of the Transfiguration
In the midst of the wonder – a simple statement and invitation. ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’
It should be so easy, but so often we fail.
This blog was born out of a desire to harness some modern technologies to help the Christian faithful in the more fruitful listening to the Word in the word.
Every day the invitation is there, but so regularly there are obstacles to faithful hearing, and putting into practice what we hear. How ironic that when we fail –the one to whom we turn for help, eventually, is that same beloved Son.
- What helps you to hear? What hinders that hearing?
Transfiguration. St Nicholas Chapel, Kings Lynn. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.