Happy Wedding Day, Hannah & Ben! Brief post – got a wedding to go to!
This is Saturday of the first full week of Lent. The reading, out of sequence, is Matthew 17:1-9, the account of Jesus’ transfiguration. (If you want to listen, scroll to the bottom of that page for the audio player.)
Wright takes us up the mountain with Jesus and says “This was all as bewildering and confusing in the first century as it is for us, reading it today. But what it meant at the time, and what it means now, is clear. Jesus was and is God’s Messiah, his chosen one, fulfilling the ancient scriptures, bringing the age-old hope into reality. He was and is the ultimate place where heaven and earth meet. And if you stick with Jesus, it’ll happen again. Not necessarily people shining like lights — though that has sometimes happened. But people, and places, full of a sense of God’s presence and purpose. Usually, when this happens, it’s the result of people taking Jesus very seriously. And usually, when it happens, it is in the middle of a time of great testing and trouble. So it was with Moses and Elijah. So it would be with Jesus. So it may well be with us.” Good stuff, eh?
For some reason the feel of this has always been captured for me by the tag to an old Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) song John Henry Bosworth (tag). It’s one of the lyrics of my life.