The 18th Sunday of the Year

Dan 7:9-10 & 13-14; 2 Pet 1:16-19; Mt 17:1-9 (Year A)

The darkest moments in Israel’s long history frequently became the revelation of God’s power to save. From the depths of the Egyptian enslavement Moses was summoned into the presence of the Lord. On Mount Sinai he glimpsed the majesty of God’s glory, his compassion and his power to save.

The Book of Daniel, written during the Syrian persecution, speaks with the same confident hope. When hope had seemed helpless, Daniel’s vision spoke with a God given confidence. His vision, seeking to express an experience beyond words, spoke of one like a son of man coming on the clouds of heaven. This son of man, this promised Messiah, would become God’s final victory of the powers of darkness. A people once enslaved would share his triumph.

“His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever pass away.”

The Transfiguration of Jesus stands at the heart of the gospels as a continuation of this same tradition. It speaks to believers in every generation, and especially to those moments, experienced by all, when the darkness threatens to overwhelm.

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