Thursday 6 August 2020

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The Transfiguration of the Lord

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14. The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth – Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 9. 2 Peter 1:16-19. Matthew 17:1-9.

His face shone like the sun

We might recognise in Peter’s idea of building a dwelling for Jesus, Moses and Elijah an urgent wish to be useful and practical in an uncertain, unfamiliar situation. The desire for safety, comfort and normality can emerge strongly in us when circumstances seem to be opposite. We draw on what we know, what we’re good at, because frankly not many of us are at ease with ambiguity or inexplicable events.

Peter knows and loves Jesus as teacher, as storyteller, a good companion to walk and talk with up a mountain. Suddenly here is Jesus transformed – transfigured. An extraordinary and beautiful vision, yet terrifying. What can Peter do about it? When we walk in the footsteps of Peter, we witness his experience of the familiar become extraordinary. What is this moment on the mountain for us? How are we asked to respond?

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