Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.
Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them.
As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all,
who is over all, in all, and living through all.
"You are no longer foreigners and strangers but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household..."
"You are no longer foreigners and strangers but fellow citizen with God's people and also members of his household..."
Here at Abbey Way, we value telling the story of God from one generation to the next. The lectionary text for this week is Joshua 3:7-17. It is a story that begins with a new generation standing at the edge of the Promised Land. Notice how Joshua makes meaning of what happened that spring day at the Jordan River and how it holds meaning for us as well. Try not to get caught up in this wondrous story. #goodluck
Falling down and getting back up again is part of Abbey Way's core identity. Even as our own self-identity has the opportunity to transform more into wholeness in the falling down and our desire to get back up again, is this action equally matched by a new identity of God revealed? The story of Moses and Yahweh teaches an essential truth.
This week in Exodus 33, we are given the opportunity to listen in on a private dialogue between the LORD and Moses. God has said that he will not go with the people into the land that he has promised them. But what will be the fate of the people if God does not go? Will God and Moses work things out?
Tune in and find out.