Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 89:1-18 (Morning)
Psalm 89:19-52 (Evening)
1 Macc. 3:1-24
This morning’s reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew tells a story we call The Transfiguration. It goes like this: Jesus took three of his students up the side of a mountain and scared them all so badly they fell facedown on the ground. When it was all over, he told them not to tell anyone about it (until later when he came back to life.)
What they saw and could not talk about was this: Jesus changed his appearance, visibly shining like the sun and talked with Moses and Elijah. Peter and James and John were fine with all that. That was great! What scared them seems to have been a bright cloud surrounding them and speaking to them. It said:
This is my Son, whom I love, and with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.
The cloud was God. When God talks out loud to people they end up on the ground, facedown and terrified. Not always, but most of the time. As a general rule, if you think God is talking to you and you’re not terrified, you’re probably just listening to your own thoughts.
The Voice from the cloud told the disciples to listen to Jesus. Listening to Jesus is much more do-able. His yoke is easy, his burden is light. (And his words are all printed in red.) And what does Jesus say?
Get up. Don’t be afraid.
We can listen to those words today. We can do that.
Written by Troy Schremmer
Troy works with preschool age children as an enrichment teacher in music and movement. He and his wife Jonny are both Theatre Directors for the NWA Prison Story Project.