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Second Sunday of Lent, February 28

Contributed by Sumarme Goble

Mark 9:2-9

“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

It was a terrifying moment for Peter, James, and John. On the mountain top
they saw Jesus’ appearance transfigured before them and Elijah and Moses
appearing alongside him. After that dazzling sight, they heard God’s voice
from a cloud affirming who Jesus really is. In that moment, the veil was pulled
back, revealing Jesus’ identity, radiant glory, and beauty. This scene is so
otherworldly, so dramatic and fantastic.
From the cloud a voice proclaims, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
Whatever the mystery of the transfiguration is about, it involves listening to
Jesus. Are God’s words a command? An invitation? A calling? All of the
above?
God’s word to them, and now to us, is to listen to this One who is not only the
greatest prophet and the fulfillment of the law, but God’s beloved Son. As we
listen to Jesus and follow his way, the Holy Spirit will transfigure us so that we
may say, along with the Apostle Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ
[God’s beloved Son] who lives in me.”

Loving God, we fix our eyes upon Jesus
and hear your Spirit’s call to listen to him.
May your glory be seen in us as we follow him into the world
to be your agents of healing and hope. Amen.
Breathe in: This is my beloved Son.
Breathe out: Listen to him.

Sumarme Goble is the Chaplain and Community Life Director at St. Andrew’s Hall. She finds
joy in helping people thrive in their relationships with God and others. Sumarme enjoys sharing
good conversations and spending time outdoors with family and friends.