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Thought for Sunday 23rd February 2020
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The Transfiguration of our Lord is a great story in the Gospels, an episode where Jesus is revealed as he truly is, not merely a fairly special man, or a marvellous teacher, but as the Son of God. It came at a particularly significant time for the disciples. Before they face difficulties, they gain insight into how things are going to be. The disciples are shown that the divine hand is at work in the events Jesus will endure and that there will be glory in the end.
The Transfiguration then, was a marvellous experience for the closest of Jesus’ disciples, one which they wanted to last for ever. This is why Peter makes that rather embarrassing comment about making three tents for Moses, Elijah and Jesus. This is because, by the rules of Middle-Eastern hospitality, to set up somewhere for them to stay would require them to remain until the host wished them to leave.
I think this story helps us on the journey we are about to make during the season of Lent. It is not going to be easy, but we see we are part of a greater reality, and despite how it seems, how badly life goes wrong and the unexpected happens, there will be a glorious ending.