"This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
One of the transfiguring moments of young adulthood is when adults take what youth have to say seriously.
Now, it is to be said that last week in the lectionary, the people in Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, took him seriously enough to want to throw him off of a cliff. But I suspect part of that reaction is due to the fact that they didn’t actually see Jesus. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they said. That's all they could see.
And it’s hard to see beyond what we’ve always known, especially when it’s someone we’ve known since they were knee high to a grasshopper, back when they were eating paste. We prepare ourselves to see what we expect to see. And so we can't see anything else.
But it’s an amazing a powerful thing when you can look at these people you’ve known since they were knee high to a grasshopper and see God’s chosen; when you can hear what they have to say, and think, “I should listen to them.”
May God bless us with eyes to see and ears to hear.