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Transfiguring Touches



(Mt 17:11-8; Mk 9:2-8, Lk 9:28-36)


A gentle touch on the hand

Or a reassuring arm around the shoulder

That’s how I imagine Jesus might have reassured his terrified friends

As he told them not to be afraid

That day on the mountain top when the voice came from the cloud


They heard You that day God

Asking them to listen to Him


You ask us to listen to Him too


It’s hard

There’s no voice from a cloud

(Scary and all as that would be)

At home and at work, there’s a multiplicity of demands

A myriad of screens and an endless list of to dos

And in our world, lots of dark, hard voices speaking loudly and preying on people’s fears


So how can we listen to you God, in midst of all of this?


Touch…

Maybe it’s just as true for us as it was for Peter, James and John

The things, people, moments that touch us, move us, strike us

In the middle of the daily rush

Could just be the gentle hand of God on our arm

Inviting us to stop and Listen

Listen to that which is reacting within us

And encouraging us not to be afraid


Of what we might truly be feeling

And of being open to hearing what God might be trying to say to us in response.





Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

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