Reading the texts for this Sunday, I find it difficult to make the focus on the sermon ‘all about God’ instead of focusing on the impact on the people surrounding God. Here’s what I mean:
- In Exodus, Moses stands in the presence of God and Moses gets a shiny face. When Moses leaves the mountain, he scares the Israelites half to death. He has to walk around with a veil so the people don’t freak.
- Paul tells the Corinthians that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
- And in the gospel text, Peter sees the transfigured Jesus and turns into a babbling idiot. Then, when the voice speaks, all three (Peter, James, and John) fall flat on their faces.
It seems the easier route to go is what does this say about me rather than what does this say about God. I hate to admit it, but Transfiguration Sunday is my least favourite Sunday to preach. Maybe I am not so good with the experience of God passages.