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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 28, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 9:28b-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.

Reflection on the gospel reading: We have today Luke’s account of Jesus’ transfiguration, which though shared by Matthew and Mark, is uniquely in Luke’s gospel, cast as a prayer experience. Moses and Elijah are figures in the narrative who come down from heaven as witnesses to Jesus: that is, the Law, represented by Moses, and prophecy, represented by Elijah, attest to Jesus. Peter tries to make Moses and Elijah Jesus’ equals by erecting tents for all three of them, but a voice from heaven admonishes the disciples that Jesus is quite unique, and we are to listen to him.

Spiritual reading: There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers. (Teresa of Avila)

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