I wonder, if I listened very hard, if I would hear a holy voice say I am God’s beloved child.
I wonder how it would change me to live with the knowledge that I am God’s beloved child, that we are all God’s beloved children, that God is pleased and delighted by our presence.
From the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” Matthew 17:5b-8
Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (1806-1858) Преображение, 1824
When I listen to the Word of God, what do I hear? Peace. Do not be afraid. Love God and your neighbor and yourself. Welcome strangers. Feed the hungry. Shelter the homeless. Do not worry about tomorrow. Forgive your enemies.
Today I will listen to the Lord and be transfigured into a brighter image of God’s love and goodness, kindness and compassion.
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Matthew 17:5