Mount Tabor in Galilee is a traditional site of the 'Transfiguration' of Jesus. It's on my mind today because tomorrow Matthew's account of this event in Jesus' life will be read in many churches. According to the writer of Matthew's gospel Jesus took the apostles Peter, James and John up a high mountain. There
"he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white."He was seen speaking with Moses and Elijah. Peter tried to take control to preserve the amazing moment and crassly suggested building 3 dwellings for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. The next moment, with the others, he fell to the ground terrified when a voice from a bright cloud said
"This is my son, the Beloved: with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"Last October I couldn't wait to escape from Mount Tabor. Not because I was afraid, but because it was so crowded with pilgrims that morning, competing for space in the church buildings now there. But what I will especially remember from our group's worship in that place are the words "listen to him" and the challenge, 'are you listening to Jesus?' And what might that mean?