Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Transfiguration of Our Lord


2 Peter 1:16-21 | New International Version (NIV)

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable,and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

This Sunday we “wrap up” the season that follows Epiphany – often known as Ordinary Time.  It is one of two. The other follows Pentecost and goes till Advent.  The season of Ordinary Time that follows Epiphany is focused on the mission of Jesus.  I saw an illustration lately of the church year.  Advent through Eastertide is the story of Jesus, while the long ordinary time after Pentecost is the story of His people.  I like that.  We have been focusing on the reason that Jesus came.

Peter’s message here wraps up what we have been looking at over the last seven weeks.  Peter is one of the eyewitnesses of the transfiguration.  Peter was there – he reminds us that this is not a clever story but something that he saw – along with his buddies.  They heard the voice of God in an audible. Not many of us can say that.

Peter goes on to say that because of the experience on the mountain, he has great confidence in the message that he tells about Jesus, just as the prophets had great confidence in their message.  We too, as Jesus’ disciples, should have great confidence in the message – shining it out as a light in the darkness.  Peter commands us to take the message to heart until it shines like Christ the Morning Star in our hearts.

Peter reminds us that the Words – the scriptures are not of human making.  Just as Paul reminded us that our human words are foolishness, it is only the power of the Spirit working in and through us.  The prophets spoke and wrote the words from the Power of God’s Spirit.  If the early prophets did that, then so should we.  Christ wants us to shine like stars – to light up the world.