The Transfiguration

He often retreated from the crowds and found quiet places

Still places where he could be alone to pray

But this time he asked us to join him

And as we walked up the mountain

Our minds were filled with thoughts of all that had gone on before

At the top, he knelt down to pray and suddenly

Before our very eyes his face changed and his clothes became dazzling white

We were amazed and our amazement grew more when we saw two men with him

They appeared in glory and we were sure they were Moses and Elijah

A few days ago he had spoken of great suffering to come and death

I was overwhelmed.  How could this be?  He had called us; and we had left everything behind to follow him.

He sent us out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

He had even given us power and authority to drive out all demons and cure diseases.

Had he not cured the sick, raised the dead and fed more than 5,000 people?  He even forgave people of their sins.

And now the three of them were speaking of his departure again…but things had only just started.  We had been obedient to his call; surely it couldn’t end like this?  How could this be?  Why could we not see?

It was too much to take in and we all felt so tired….exhausted even.

But then we became fully awake as we encountered his glory.  He stood there full of splendour.

It was a moment I never wanted to end, and without thinking I offered to put up three shelters.

One for our teacher, one for Moses and one for Elijah.

But as I was speaking we were surrounded by a great cloud and in our terror we all heard a voice saying “This is my Son; listen to him.”  In my heart echoed a prayer, “Lord give me ears to hear, eyes to see and a mind to understand.”

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