Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 8, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 8, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our new book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the Rev.
Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Gospel and Dr. Bochonok's meditation.
We hope you will be blessed.
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He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud
overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said,
"This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well
pleased; listen to him."
Jesus is preparing for his pending death on the cross.
He needs to go up to the mountain and talk with God
and gather spiritual strength, wisdom, and encouragement.
He brings along Peter, James, and his brother John.
Before their stunned eyes, Jesus becomes transfigured,
that is, becomes shining, radiant, and dazzling. The
three astonished men probably think they are
hallucinating, for they see Moses and Elijah talking
with Jesus. Peter babbles something ridiculous to
Jesus and suddenly the men are shrouded in a
brilliantly bright cloud where they hear a heavenly
voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with whom I am
well pleased; listen to him!"
The transfiguration of Jesus is recorded in three
Gospels (Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36).
If you have time, read all three accounts. It is a
wonderful and marvelous story offering us many insights
The disciples are overcome by fear and fall to the
ground. Jesus comes and touches them, encouraging
them to get up and to not be afraid. When they rise
up, all they see is Jesus. Moses and Elijah are gone.
As they return to the valley, Jesus orders the three
men to keep silent about this moment until after he
suffers, dies, and is later raised from the dead.
How confused they must have been.
The story of Jesus' transfiguration is still difficult
to understand even now. What I do understand is that
Jesus is God's Beloved Son. I am to listen to him.
And so are you.
God, help us listen to your Beloved Child. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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