Enter the Mystery
I usually avoid them, those Market Research people armed with a clipboard of questions! They’re only doing their job, I know, but I’m usually left in a quandary of indecisiveness as they bombard me with questions, trying to gain my opinion about this or that. If we were to engage in a street questionnaire ourselves to ask people what they thought about Jesus: who he is or was, what he represented, what he means to them—then we’d get a bucket full of different beliefs.
Whilst God allows us to make up our own mind about him, the Christian Faith is more than this. Our Faith is a ‘revealed religion’ which means we don’t simply work things out for ourselves. In many and various ways, God has decided to reveal himself to us. In the gospel reading today, Jesus climbs high with three of his closest disciples, gives them a glimpse of who he is, offers an overwhelming experience of his divinity. There is cloud and light and a voice from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’
It is important to be able to discern the signs of the times, and to speak to each generation afresh in ways that are understood by them but we must always remain loyal to the truth God has revealed to us in Christ to whom we are called to listen, the on who reveals the Mystery of God.
God our Father, help us to listen to Jesus, distracted as we are by so many things. May we glimpse his glory, and glory in his love. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.