Elijah and Elisha

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B, Old Testament

Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-12

This is a story of the passing of leadership – from the great prophet Elijah to his disciple, Elisha. It has all the drama a prophet of God story needs, plus a heart-warming friendship. These men of God have become friends as well as teacher and disciple. Elijah is to be carried up to God and Elisha is to continue the work. Elisha asks for a double portion of the Spirit – something felt he needed to continue the ministry. The story, both the fiery drama of a chosen one, and the tender friendship of two faithful servants of God, can inspire our own relationships and ministry.

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Moses is Transfigured When Meeting with God

Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Exodus 34:29-35

Moses has gone back up the mountain to meet with God and comes down with a second set of tablets. This is because he destroyed the first set when he discovered that the people had made a golden calf to worship another god. This is an opportunity for a renewal of the covenant between God and the people. The tablets contain the Ten Words or 10 Commandments which will help the people maintain the covenant. But today’s reading really focuses on the fact that Moses’ countenance or face is changed as a result of seeing God face to face. It is this evidence of encounter with the Divine that helps the people to see this is really something different. And it begs the question, how are transfigured by our encounter with the Divine?

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Epiphanies

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
Scripture: Mark 9:2-10

Jesus’ status as Messiah is confirmed by the divine testimony that he is God’s beloved Son (9:7) and is anticipated by the shining white garments of Jesus. The three that see the transfiguration are also those who witnessed the healing of Jairus’s daughter (5:37) and will witness his agony in Gathsemane (14:33). Although this group of disciples have seen the healing and the transfiguration, they do not seem to demonstrate exceptional insight or fidelity.

The transfiguration story is a form of an epiphany, a sudden manifestation of the divine and when humans see or witness an epiphany, they generally have an ah-ha moment, followed by confusion (now what) or fear (what does this mean?) Peter (once again) demonstrates that he doesn’t “get it” and Jesus once again has to explain his death and resurrection.

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Following God

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: Exodus 24:12-18

In the story of Moses coming to God and receiving the Ten Commandments, we are brought right back to the issue of how we live our lives in Grace with God.  There are guidelines that help us identify the boundaries that give us the ability to have a unique relationship not only with God but with each other.  Here we are witness to the mystery of God speaking to Moses and the promise of an ancient tradition of laws and prophets helping us to feel secure about the fact that God will always be with us showing us the way.  The blessing is always that Light which is given to each of us to follow always leading us to the Creator.

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The Disciples See the Brightness of Jesus

Last Sunday after the Epiphany/Transfiguration Sunday, Year A
Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9

Mountaintop experiences! Moses received the Law — to obey. Jesus is revealed as the person — to follow.

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A Cloud Descending

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C
Scripture: Luke 9:28-36 (optional 37-43a)

The Season of Epiphany that began with a hint of the Trinity closes with yet another glimpse. Jesus takes three of his disciples with him to the mountain to pray. They hear a voice again! This time it is not a dove descending, but a cloud. And even Jesus’ clothes become dazzling white. What must have been going on in the minds of the three disciples, as they kept silent about all that they had seen?

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