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Last Sunday after the Epiphany - February 19, 2023




The Gospel reading for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany is very easy to skip over…For one, this story often makes us feel uncomfortable…


What in the world are the three synoptic Gospels trying to tell us? We are modern people, and we KNOW things and transfiguration is not in our wheel house…we are slightly interested, but REALLY! We can listen to the Gospel reading and then let it go…


However, let us consider… three of the Gospel writers ,Matthew, Mark, and Luke thought it was important enough that they included this story.


And they not only included it, but they all have it following the confession of Peter… when Peter declared that Jesus was the Christ…


And the three Gospels have the transfiguration occurring just before Jesus turns and sets His face toward Jerusalem and His final days of ministry before the crucifixion…


The transfiguration is also one of the most important paintings of the great Raphael…He was commissioned by Cardinal Medici who later became Pope Clement VII to create an altar piece and it now hangs in Vatican City.


The painting is breath taking and was in earlier times a piece that inspired many to believe and to follow the Christ…