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Rules and Relationships

On the last Sunday before the season of Lent -- as this Sunday is -- it's the custom of the church to hear the Gospel story of the Transfiguration. The transfiguration story is the one where Jesus takes Peter and James and John up a high mountain, where they received a stunning glimpse of Jesus' divine glory. There are parallels in the Transfiguration story to the Old Testament story of Moses ascending the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments. What I find fascinating is that when Moses came down the mountain, he had a set of rules for the community: a civic code, and a list of precise instructions for worship. When Jesus and his disciples came down the mountain, they had not a code, but a person--and not instructions on how to worship, but someone TO worship: the Living Son of the Living God, Jesus. God's message in Exodus was, "Love me by obeying these commandments." God's message in the Transfiguration was, "This is my Son, whom I love: li