|"Transfiguration" by Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo; via Wikimedia Commons|
Sunday we celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ. In preparation, read Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9. Then consider the following:
- Throughout the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is portrayed as the "New Moses." How is this theme evident when you compare the two readings?
- Regarding Jesus' transfiguration, what other elements of the story stand out for you?
- Why does Jesus instruct the disciples to keep quiet about what they have seen?
- What does the word "transfiguration" really mean?
Baptized by the morning
Risen Lord Jesus,
as the rising sun
baptizes trees and shrubs
in rippling light,
let me be baptized
by your resurrection light.
trust in you above all else,
hope in you above all other goals,
seek you in all things,
find you in every situation,
meet you among all people,
know you over everything---
And love you with adoration
beyond all telling.