The Transfiguration of Our Lord
(Last Sunday after the Epiphany)
FIRST READING: Exodus 24:12-18
12The LORD said to Moses, “Come up on the mountain and stay here for a while. I will give you the two flat stones on which I have written the laws that my people must obey.” 13Moses and Joshua his assistant got ready, then Moses started up the mountain to meet with God.
14Moses had told the leaders, “Wait here until we come back. Aaron and Hur will be with you, and they can settle any arguments while we are away.”
15When Moses went up on Mount Sinai, a cloud covered it, 16and the bright glory of the LORD came down and stayed there. The cloud covered the mountain for six days, and on the seventh day the LORD told Moses to come into the cloud. 17-18Moses did so and stayed there forty days and nights. To the people, the LORD’S glory looked like a blazing fire on top of the mountain.
PSALMODY: Psalm 2
1Why do the nations plot,
and why do their people make useless plans?
2The kings of this earth have all joined together
to turn against the LORD and his chosen one.
3They say, “Let’s cut the ropes and set ourselves free!”
4In heaven the LORD laughs as he sits on his throne,
making fun of the nations.
5The LORD becomes furious and threatens them.
His anger terrifies them as he says,
6“I’ve put my king on Zion, my sacred hill.”
7I will tell the promise that the LORD made to me:
“You are my son, because today
I have become your father.
8Ask me for the nations,
and every nation on earth will belong to you.
9You will smash them with an iron rod
and shatter them like dishes of clay.”
10Be smart, all you rulers, and pay close attention.
11Serve and honor the LORD; be glad and tremble.
12Show respect to his son because if you don’t,
the LORD might become furious
and suddenly destroy you.
But he blesses and protects everyone who runs to him.
SECOND READING: 2 Peter 1:16-21
16When we told you about the power and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up. But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness. 17God, our great and wonderful Father, truly honored him by saying, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him.” 18We were there with Jesus on the holy mountain and heard this voice speak from heaven.
19All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20But you need to realize that no one alone can understand any of the prophecies in the Scriptures. 21The prophets did not think these things up on their own, but they were guided by the Spirit of God.
GOSPEL: Matthew 17:1-9
Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. 2There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.
3All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus. 4So Peter said to him, “Lord, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5While Peter was still speaking, the shadow of a bright cloud passed over them. From the cloud a voice said, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him. Listen to what he says!” 6When the disciples heard the voice, they were so afraid that they fell flat on the ground. 7But Jesus came over and touched them. He said, “Get up and don’t be afraid!” 8When they opened their eyes, they saw only Jesus.
9On their way down from the mountain, Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had been raised from death.