Matthew 17: 1-13
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ 5While he 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!’ 6When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ 8And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’ 10And the disciples asked him, ‘Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ 11He replied, ‘Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; 12but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.’ 13Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
Someone once told me God gave us two ears and one mouth because human beings need to listen twice as much as they talk! Peter (he’s just so like many of us) is so impetuous – leaping in with plans before he’s really stopped and thought and listened. And God says to him “Listen to Jesus!”
God also says that to us – “Listen to Jesus!”
In some translations of this passage, the verse says that God tells the disciples to look at Jesus – his Son in whom he delights.
One day someone asked an old man what he did when he came into church every day and just sat in silence. The old man replied, “I look at Jesus and Jesus looks at me.”
Take a few minutes to look at Jesus and use these advent reflections to listen to Jesus.
If we are all God’s children, God delights in each one of us. If God delights in you so much, how does that make you feel?
Allow God to look at you – how does that make you feel?
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