Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 8, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 8, 2010
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"While Jesus was still speaking, suddenly a bright
cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice
said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; with him 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 him 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 to ponder.
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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