Tuesday 6 August 2019

About Today Readings

The Transfiguration of The Lord

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14. Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 9. 2 Peter 1:16-19. Luke 9:28-36.

The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth – Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 9.

‘They were terrified as they entered the cloud.’

The word ‘cloud’ leapt out as I reflected on today’s readings. Peter, James and John were covered by a cloud in the Transfiguration story, there are ‘clouds of heaven’ in Daniel’s vision, and cloud surrounds God in the psalm. The disciples were afraid when the cloud came upon them. They had been with Jesus, and now he had disappeared. I remember being in cloud at one time when climbing in the alps, and that put fear into me.

However clouds are not always physical. We can be in a ‘cloud’ when we are faced with a hard decision. How will we choose? Sometimes we can experience times of shadow, when a cloud hangs heavily over us. That too may be a difficult time.

Lord, when my cloud comes, teach me to remember Daniel’s vision, to gaze patiently into the night and see the Son of man on his way.

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