We celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord this Saturday and Sunday as we bring to a close the season of Epiphany and prepare for Lent. Like the disciple Peter, I am going to hate seeing this season come to an end. Although some of you may have grown tired of hearing Jesusâ€™s Sermon on the Mount for the last several weeks, I can never tire of telling you of the transformational power of Godâ€™s love for you.
As we prepare for Saturday/Sunday, I ask you to focus on one sentence in the Gospel text [Matthew 17:1-9
]. It is the voice in verse five from the bright cloud that overshadowed the people on the mountaintop which said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!
Iâ€™ve gotten to a point in my life and my time with you where I tend to repeat myself a lot, so if youâ€™ve heard or read this before, forgive me. You may not have noticed that I have increasingly built more silence into our worship. I ask you before we hear our prelude to prepare for worship by calming our hearts and minds. I pause a lot longer in the time of silence before our confession and forgiveness. I tend to take my time between prayers.
Human beings arenâ€™t comfortable with silence, but it just might be helpful to be still for a little longer period of time and listen. Listen to Godâ€™s son. It canâ€™t be done if we are talking or our minds are racing with a myriad of thoughts that get in the way of Godâ€™s word.
So maybe this week, ask yourself the question: When have you heard Godâ€™s voice?
Itâ€™s helpful to remember that God often calls to us in and through the ordinary moments and people of our lives, not during dazzling, sensational times such as the mountaintop experience that we read about in this weekâ€™s Gospel.
As he called his disciples, Jesus calls us. He calls us to listen; He call us to be aware of God's way in the world; He calls us to partner with God and in this way be transformed.
If you have heard the voice of God, how have you responded?
Come to worship this week, to listen and hear the Word of God, to hear God speak to you, and to be fed, forgiven and sent into the world to serve and glorify God. And insofar as you are able, bring a friend!