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Say What? Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)

Sometimes, especially when in the Presence of the holy, we honor God best by saying nothing.

Recently KGO talk radio in San Francisco conducted a call-in poll. Ronn Owens invited listeners to express their opinion. Thirty-five percent said yes, 33 percent said no and 32 percent were undecided. One listener, aghast at the large number of undecideds, protested, "It's this sort of apathy that's ruining America."

The only problem with all these responses was that the radio station had never posed any question.

It's not apathy that is getting most of us in trouble _ it is shooting our mouths off and shouting our lungs out over things that we know nothing about.

It appears that the disciples may have behaved with surprising wisdom after witnessing the Transfiguration/epiphany event on the mountaintop. They did not understand what they had seen. They were amazed and awestruck at what they had heard. They were confused. Consider how disturbing Jesus' first passion prediction (Luke 9:21-27) must have been to the hearts of his disciples. They had just returned from their first...

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