And he was transfigured before them.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice,
‘This is my Child, the Beloved; to this one you shall listen!’
Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore, but only Jesus.” (Mark 9: 2, 7 – 8)
I keep a journal, and so I know that a year ago today I climbed up a volcano in Guatemala. Yes! A volcano. It’s called Vulcan Pacaya.
It took us a long time to climb that volcano. It was an arduous hike. There were people with us from all over the world. Thomas, Hannah and I spoke quite a bit with a father and son from France. We shared stories about our lives.
After two hours, we were on top of the volcano. We looked across at another volcano which was active. The red-hot lava was pouring every 45 seconds or so down the side of the mountain. It was beautiful, terrifying, and awesome. I asked our guide if he ever worried that it would blow when he was taking a group of hikers up the volcano. He said, “Yes. I worry all the time. This is dangerous. I worry about my wife and my children. Pero, este es mi vida. This is my life.”
This Sunday, we will attend worship together and hear these words from the Gospel of Mark about the Transfiguration. Our Confirmands will bring us the sermon in the form of a Skit. In our Children’s Message, Eire and Johann will hide the Alleluia banner. We won’t be saying or singing “Alleluia” during the season of Lent, which begins this Wednesday with Ash Wednesday.
Sisters and brothers in Christ, may God put a blessing upon us as we contemplate the Transfiguration. May our hearts and minds be open to all the ways we listen to Jesus.
See you in worship,