Readings for The Transfiguration of our Lord
Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Hebrews 3:1-6; Luke 9:28-36
The Masked Singer is a popular show you may have seen on TV in recent months. Celebrities perform on stage in elaborate disguises while a panel of investigators tries to unveil their identities. Each week viewers are drawn back in hopes of solving the mystery!
The transfiguration of Jesus on the mountaintop certainly had elements of divine mystery – glorious light, thick clouds, a thundering voice from heaven, and ancient heroes reappearing. However, God’s purpose in this moment was not to hide – but to reveal! Jesus is God’s only beloved Son, come to lead his people out their slavery to sin and death, and into the promised land of the eternal age to come. Wake up, sleepy Christians! And listen to the voice of your Savior (Lk 9).
The Old Testament and Epistle readings share the common theme of Moses as the greatest of God’s OT prophets sent to do mighty signs and wonders (Dt 34). The writer of Hebrews shows us how Jesus is like Moses, but far greater. The life’s work of Moses (and Elijah after him) was to point people forward to the coming Messiah. Hold fast to Christ. He is our confidence and our hope (Hb 3).