Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” —Mark 9:7
In the Transfiguration story, God speaks to Jesus’ apostles with words that are still directed to us today. God did not threaten them with punishment or try to enforce obedience as to a military commander. God invited them to listen to one called the “Beloved.” If you think of someone “beloved” in your life, aren’t you more willing to listen to them, watch how they act, and try to live as they do than someone whom you fear?
What words of Jesus from the Gospels are you invited to listen to or pay attention to today?