The Last Sunday After the Epiphany
“This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” — A Voice from the bright cloud
At the center of the Christian faith is the voice, the word. That means at the center of the Christian faith is the ear, listening. Someone, somewhere once said, “Be quick to hear, slow to speak…”—wise words, but what does it mean to listen? What is required of our attention in the act of listening? What is required of our wills in the act of listening? What happens to us when we listen?
The disciples, Peter, James and John, experienced a vision that has been celebrated by Christians for two millennia known by the name of The Transfiguration. An amazing vision indeed! But isn’t it interesting that the point of the vision is to direct the disciples to what they hear—“Listen to him!”?
As we enter the Lenten season, to be reminded of the need to cultivate the posture of listening is indeed a gift. Come and join us this Sunday as we seek to listen together. Peace.