Eighth Week After Epiphany, Sunday, February 27, 2022
About eight days after Jesus said these things, he took Peter, John, and James and went up on a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became shining white. Then two men, Moses and Elijah, were talking with Jesus. They appeared in heavenly glory, talking about his departure which he would soon bring about in Jerusalem. Peter and the others were very sleepy, but when they awoke fully, they saw the glory of Jesus and the two men standing with him. When Moses and Elijah were about to leave, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Peter did not know what he was talking about.)
While he was saying these things, a cloud came and covered them, and they became afraid as the cloud covered them. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen. Listen to him!”
When the voice finished speaking, only Jesus was there. Peter, John, and James said nothing and told no one at that time what they had seen.
The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. A man in the crowd shouted to him, “Teacher, please come and look at my son, because he is my only child. An evil spirit seizes my son, and suddenly he screams. It causes him to lose control of himself and foam at the mouth. The evil spirit keeps on hurting him and almost never leaves him. I begged your followers to force the evil spirit out, but they could not do it.”
Jesus answered, “You people have no faith, and your lives are all wrong. How long must I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”
While the boy was coming, the demon threw him on the ground and made him lose control of himself. But Jesus gave a strong command to the evil spirit and healed the boy and gave him back to his father. All the people were amazed at the great power of God.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We enter your sacred prayer space feeling quanked (overpowered by fatigue) from the busy-ness of our schedules and from pouring into others out of a sense of duty. We seek rest and energy, and protection from the demands of others. In your wise compassion, Life-giving Spirit speaks to us, bringing nourishment and reassurance. You remind us of your messages through wise Elders you have placed in our lives, and we feel peace and energy return to us.
O Loving Yahweh, thank you for the mountaintop experiences, where we can have deep and meaningful conversations with you. Thank you for revealing your Son to us and giving us clear instructions to listen to him.
I receive your peace and encouragement today, LORD, and thank you for…
Your cloud covers us, a perfect dwelling place where you protect and nurture us. Though we cannot see, we are not afraid. As we journey on our path, we feel your new energy. You reach out to others through us. We receive your peace. We are no longer fatigued.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler