[February 15, 2015] The Season of the Passion comes to us early this year for Ash Wednesday is this week. As far as our Gospel meditations go, we jump then from Jesus’ début in Capernaum to his transfiguration on the mountain, which closes our seasonal meditations on the Epiphany (or manifestation) of Jesus. . . . → Read More: Mark 9:2-8, The Transfiguration of Jesus
[March 2, 2014] Today is Transfiguration Sunday so we skip ahead in our reflections on Matthew to chapter 17, when, after Peter’s confession, “You are the Christ [or Messiah], the Son of the living God,” Jesus reveals his qahal (the church), and began to make it clear to his disciples for the first . . . → Read More: Matthew 16:28—17:9, The Transfiguration
What Blessedness Is
[January 22, 2012] What does the word “Blessed” mean?
If we take it out of its Biblical context, which is what a lot of modern translations and preachers do, the word can simply mean “happy.” But poverty, being mournful, and hungering and thirsting, and having people say . . . → Read More: Matthew 4:18—5:16, Discipleship and Beatitude
The Transfiguration of the Lord
[March 6, 2011] Today we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord on the mountain. In the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Luke and Mark) this event marked the end of Jesus’ three-year Galilean ministry, the end of His public epiphany (manifestation) before He entered Jerusalem for His passion. From . . . → Read More: John 12:20-36, The Glory of the Lord
[February 14, 2010] The story of the transfiguration follows Jesus’ revelation of the way of the cross (Mark 8:31—9:1) as the way in which the kingdom of God will come in power. But that revelation came only when Jesus heard the disciples confess that He was the Christ (8:27-30).
. . . → Read More: Mark 9:2-13, The Glory of the Faithful One
[February 22, 2009] Today we skip ahead. We were in chapter 6 where Jesus was on a tour of Galilee, freeing people for His Jubilee and calling disciples. He returned in chapter 7. Then Luke began to relate a number of stories in which Jesus sets out to show who He is. When . . . → Read More: Luke 9:18-36, Who Jesus Really Is
[February 3, 2008] With the Transfiguration, we come to the turning point of the Gospel story. The Galilean ministry is over. Jesus takes His disciples to the northern border of the land of Israel, to the neighborhood of Caesarea-Philippi, and there Peter confesses who Christ is for the first time: “You are the . . . → Read More: Matthew 16:21—17:13, To See Christ in His Kingdom