WPC Warm Up, February 20, 2017
When I was growing up in Sunday School, I thought the story of Jesus going up on the mountain with his disciples and then turning dazzling bright was...well, spooky. This Sunday, February 26th, is Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday. We have two lectionary lessons before us in Exodus 24:12–18 and Matthew 17:1–9. The Exodus passage is all about God summoning Moses up to the mountain to receive the Law. Here we see the calling God, the waiting Moses, and the importance of the Law. The Matthew passage is this "spooky story" of Jesus' transfiguration with the inner three disciples: Peter, James and John. Like the baptism of Jesus back in Matthew 3, the divine voice from heaven again said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased." But in the transfiguration story the voice adds, "Listen to him!" We will learn anew that Jesus in the tradition of Moses is our ultimate Lawgiver. And in the tradition of Elijah, Jesus is our Supreme Prophet.