This Sunday we celebrate Jesus' transfiguration. Throughout the season of Epiphany there is a focus on light dawning among us and in us. The light is blinding when Jesus, like a flash bulb in an old-timey camera, becomes stunningly bright for a brief moment in time.
Peter wants to freeze the moment, but no photograph was taken and there was no pause button. Life moves on.
Still, God has Peter's, James', and John's attention and uses that to speak only the second direct word in the gospels: This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!
It seems like that would be an easy sell after God spoke, but, of course, listening is difficult for us. We fill the atmosphere with lots of words, which doesn't translate to lots of listening. Might we listen better to Jesus (since God's rare use of words commanded it)?
Read the whole story (Matthew 17:1-9) and join us Sunday as we celebrate Jesus' shining moment and his brightness that still envelops us - while showing our desire to give him a closer hearing.