Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

See and Listen

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

See and Listen

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Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9

As in previous weeks, the writer of Matthew uses the stories of the Hebrew Bible to tell the good news of Jesus and the community around him. In Exodus, Moses goes up to "the mountain of God" to receive the law (Exodus 24:13-18); in Matthew, Jesus also goes up a high mountain (Matthew 17:1). Each story includes Moses, God on a mountain. companions, an overshadowing cloud, and a shining face (in Exodus, the shining face appears in chapter 34). The differences show how Matthew is using Exodus to describe Jesus--like Moses but greater. By bringing Moses and Elijah on stage, Matthew personifies Jesus' endorsement by the law and the prophets. When God speaks from heaven, the words echo those spoken earlier at Jesus" baptism, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased"--but with the command, "listen to him!"

My first night at Guadalupe House, a Catholic Worker "transition house" where I spent nearly 10 years, I sat at the wobbly-legged table amid a circle of men's faces, black and brown and white, and looked at the peeling linoleum, tattered sheer yellow curtains, broken couches, and roach-filled corners. …

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