Sermon Introduction –
Do you ever find it hard to listen to God? There can be so much pressure to rush to the next task, to get things done, and to fill our calendars with appointments. But God calls us to slow down. Be still. And listen.
Introduction to this week’s readings –
The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.