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.
I attended a community organizing event for religious leaders yesterday. A keynote speaker spoke about the power of overcoming middle-class respectability, white supremacy and empire, all the things that reward a social arrangement in which so many young people of color are being beaten, incarcerated, killed. He said, like the voice of God in our reading says of Jesus: "Listen to him." "Listen to them." He said we need to see them, need to hear them. But privilege makes invisible and inaudible those who are hurt by the current arrangements.
"Listen to him." This was the word of God about Jesus, about to be beaten, incarcerated, and killed. "This is my son, the Beloved." Not everything the current arrangement calls wonderful is wonderful. Not everything the current arrangement calls unworthy is unworthy. Is the voice of God saying to me "listen to them?" "See them?" They may be Elijah himself! They may be the wondrous ones, the hoped for ones. God's intention for no one is beating, incarceration, and death. "Listen to them."
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Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.