In the Transfiguration, we get the big spectacle event, so consuming with visual, power, and misunderstanding, we might fail to hear the voice in the middle of it all saying “listen to him.”


Are we listening to Jesus any better than the disciples?
Epiphany Last B | Mark 9:2-9

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The story doesn’t begin at the base of the mountain.

It begins back with the opening line:

“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

And the quote from Isaiah, the introduction of John the Baptizer, and Jesus showing up, going under the water and coming up to find the Spirit descending and the voice booming

“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

That’s the beginning. Back when we don’t know who this guy is, but we know everything we need to know about him.

He is the Christ, the Messiah, and the Son of God. And at his baptism, God speaks directly to him, calling him son, beloved and telling him just how pleased with him God is. Words every son wants to hear.

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