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Matthew 17:1-13 NRSV

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.

Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.  Then 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.”

While 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!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”  And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

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.”

And the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

He replied, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but 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.”  Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

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Do you see him?  His face is like the sun, his clothes dazzling, radiant.  The bright cloud overshadows him; the Law and Prophets stand beside, affirming his supremacy, while the voice from heaven trumps them all:  “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”

“Listen.”  “Listen to him.”  Let us open our ears and hear.  Let us hear and obey.  There is no one like him, no other voice to turn toward.  He is all.  This teacher, transfigured, radiating light, is divine.

-Brian Rhea

It was not for rest alone that the Master took His three chosen disciples to the mountain top. It was that there they might catch a glimpse of the reality of the glory of His divine nature, for the revelation of which their daily contact with Him had been a preparation.  They had seen His miracles, and heard those wonderful words, which no man ever before had spoken; but more was needed than that they should stay there in adoration and amazed wonder.  It was very necessary that they should leave their crowded days, and in the mountain’s quiet solitude contemplate the transcendent glory of His divine Person…

So, to hear the voice of our Heavenly Father, we must wait in silence before Him with our whole mind and heart intent on Him; for He still reveals Himself to those who diligently seek Him.  And not only this, but those who so seek will have the privilege of the communion of saints, as did those three apostles who, through their connection with Him, enjoyed the fellowship of Moses and Elijah.

—Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929)
Meditations on Various Aspects of the Spiritual Life

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