November 19, 2017

Transfiguration Sunday

By Chaplain Mike
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

Die Verklarung Christi, Meister des Universitats-Altars

on mountain height
resplendent light
apostles saw
with speechless awe

peter and james
and brother john
saw jesus’ face
bright as the sun

moses was there
elijah too
law and prophets
fade from view

heavenly voice
from brilliant sky
beloved son
was lifted high

be not afraid
a gentle hand
jesus alone
with them did stand

no more such sight
does God afford
i must rely
on written word

yet no less sure
this word to me
than if my eyes
that light did see

through spirit, word
and table grace
we too may see
our savior’s face

Comments

  1. Wonderful poem, Chaplain Mike!

    “…through spirit, word
    and table grace
    we too may see
    our savior’s face”

  2. Great poem. I randomly opened the scripture to that passage yesterday. It’s slightly comical how awkward Peter was under the circumstance. Somewhat like a child wanting to be noticed. Perhaps that was an appropriate moment to be still. The ‘stillness’ of that moment comes through to me in your poem.

  3. Chaplain Mike-
    I like your posts based on the church year. Please keep it up.
    Thanks

  4. ~no more such sight
    does God afford
    i must rely
    on written word~

    Very nice! Thank you!

  5. Thanks for sharing your gift of poetry!

    no more such sight
    does God afford
    i must rely
    on written word
    yet no less sure
    this word to me
    than if my eyes
    that light did see

    Praising God for this truth!

  6. Steve Newell says:

    In my pastor’s sermon today, he talked about the four mountains where we see man and God: Mt Sinai Moses saw God’s Law, Mt. Carmel where Elijah saw God’s power, the mount of transfiguration where the Disciples saw God’s glory in Christ and Mt. Calvary where Jesus shows us God’s love. The first three mountains point to the final.