Eucharistic Readings for 3 March 2019
“Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.” (Luke 9: 30)
It has been explained to me that Moses represents the Law and Elijah represents the prophets. Therefore, to Jesus, comes the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.
This scene is further testified to by Peter to others in his second letter. (2 Peter 1:16-17) As Moses and Elijah appeared before the time of Jesus on earth, it is now made evident before Peter, James and John, (and us) the resurrection of those who came before Jesus, making Jesus the first fruits of creation.
So how did Peter, James and John even know who the Moses and Elijah were? There were no emails, or pictures that could have been shared. Perhaps this was another one of those examples where the Holy Spirit is filling in the gap of the unknown.
This radiance of Jesus is the last holy light we will see for while. Ash Wednesday is fast approaching. You won’t hear about it in the news or in the shopping centers. The secular world goes from the hearts of Valentine’s Day to the chocolate rabbits of Easter. No money to be made with people reflecting on who God is calling them to be, or the reconciliation of relationships, or repentance.
Moses obeyed God and went back to Egypt to lead God’s chosen out of bondage. Elijah and the prophets prophesied about the wrath to come if people didn’t change their ways. Both were called to do dangerous work. Both appeared before Jesus and were witnessed by the new followers, Peter, James and John, also called to do dangerous work. As you are Christian, you too are called to step out of your comfort zone and follow God’s call for the benefit of others.
We at St Paul’s in the Pines will switch to Rite I during Lent for both Sunday Services during Lent. This is the Church in its purest form. It is not about the market or sales or the latest thing. It is about the cloud of unknowing filling in gaps of understanding providing reconciliation and opportunities for repentance.
Just a few sentences down in Luke’s Gospel we will be informed by that cloud that Jesus is God’s beloved son and that we are to listen to him. And listening means obeying. And Jesus says “Follow Him.”
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.