February 27, 2022

C14: Transfiguration Sunday, Year C (2022)

Phillip Martin

Rev. Phillip Martin, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia, compares his recent experience with jury duty to the Transfiguration in Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a). He explains how he was sequestered for three days, listened to the witnesses, and was given directions not to discuss the trial with anyone until it was over. He says, “In many ways, that experience is kind of like Jesus’ transfiguration. Lots of disciples are called, but only three are summoned and selected…When it’s all over…they keep it to themselves, and so what they really encounter there on the mountain and what it all means is still somewhat of a mystery to anyone who wasn’t there.” What happened on the mountain top might be a mystery, but Jesus’s death and resurrection “is going to reveal that God climbs down into every possible place we might find ourselves in…God comes to us in all our distorted realities, throwing back his own veil of mystery in the love of his Son Jesus.”

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