Gospel – March 8, 2020 – Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
As they were coming down from the mountain,Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Jesus recognizes in the actions of the Apostles they were not yet prepared to see him in his Glory.
He takes his first chosen except for Andrew. Peter is all excited seeing Jesus conversing with Elijah and Moses.
But the voice emanating from the cloud is too much. They could handle Jesus being transfigured. They could handle Moses and Elijah showing up to speak to Jesus.
But God speaking from a cloud was too much. So Jesus tells them to hold off telling what they saw. He still had some preparing to do.
Jesus wants us to know him in his Glory but knows we need to be prepared first.
Our loved ones who go before us are prepared. We need a bit more work.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…