2 And after six days Jesus took with
him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they
were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 And a cloud overshadowed
them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming
down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11 And they asked him, “Why do the scribes
say that first Elijah must come?” 12 And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has come,
and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”
In today’s reading, one of the most astounding events happens... the Transfiguration. It is kind of where Heaven and
Earth come together. Jesus goes up on a mountain and take Peter, James and John with him. Jesus goes up the mountain in his human nature, but transfigures into his Divine nature. What will Christ look like in heaven, well... here we see.
“And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.” The word transfigured comes from the greek word metamorphoo, which is where we get the word metamorphous.
Jesus changed from his human nature into his Divine nature. You read the other Gospel writers and you realize they are all describing the same thing, but they are at a loss for words. At the same time this is going on, Moses and Elijah appear.
Peter is speechless, yet he has to talk... he is Peter! God the Father speaks “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” This is what the Father said at Jesus baptism, but he adds “listen to him”. I think those are wise
words from the Father and we should all take heed and “listen” to what Jesus has to say. His message is about your Salvation.
I pray: O Lord, in this busy world we live in, help up
to take time to listen to Jesus. Help us to study his Word and let that Word shape and mold us according to him image. Too often we are too busy telling you what to do when we should be listening. Help me to be a better listener. Amen.