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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Scriptural Readings: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt. 1:16-19; Matthew 17:1-9

My dear encountered couples:

Moses and Elijah were there. In that spectacular vision that Peter, James, and John were privileged to witness on the Mount of the Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah were seen conversing with Jesus. Those two must have been really great and holy men.

But wasn’t it just yesterday that we read about Moses’ lack of faithfulness when God told him to strike a rock to provide water for the people? He was so angry with hearing their complaints that he didn’t want God to give them water. And God punished him for that anger and those thoughts by revoking his entrance visa to the Promised Land. Moses was far from perfect. He never wanted to lead the people out of Egypt. How was he going to be able to convince Pharaoh to let his people go? Moses doubted God’s power could work through him to make all those miracles and plagues happen. More than once he looked for an out from that thankless, overwhelming job God had given him. In his eyes, and in the eyes of many other people, Moses was the wrong man for the job.

And Elijah. He prayed that he would die and be freed from his hard life. Elijah was no more perfect than Moses. Both of these men had their weaknesses and deficiencies. But here we find them today, standing and talking with Jesus while God the Father looked upon them all approvingly and saying, “This is my beloved Son on whom my favor rests. Listen to him.”

You might think you are weak in faith, short on ability, and far from the loving and brave person you should be. And all that may be true. But that doesn’t mean that someday you won’t be standing next to Jesus, or sitting and chatting with him. Nobody in heaven deserves being there except God himself. Take my word for it. If two old crabby persons like Moses and Elijah can make it, so can you. Keep doing your best to climb that mountain and you will be sure to join them.

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