This is kind of like last week..... "transformed" brings several ideas to mind. A butterfly 'transformed' from a caterpillar. Or, if you have/know young people, you think of the various 'transformers.' I know I learned about "Bumble Bee" when one of my grandsons wanted a "Bumble Bee" quilt. I started out thinking the child loved honey! Thankfully a friend knew about the 'transformer' and I was able to find 'Bumble Bee' fabric.
Today, however, I am thinking about how we are supposed to be "transformed" as we follow where God is leading. Our Old Testament reading, in 1 Kings 18:36-39 has Elijah calling the people back to "The LORD - The God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel." He is calling down fire, fighting the prophets of Baal and showing all the people (and the King) who the Lord is. After the fire "burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil and also licked p the water in the trench." (vs. 38) the people are ready to declare The Lord "is God!" (v. 39)
Our Gospel reading, in Mark 9, is about Jesus' Transfiguration. We are reading verses 2-4, seeing Jesus talking to Elijah and Moses, but in verse 7 God speaks to Peter, James and John, saying "This is my son, whom I love. LISTEN TO HIM!" (emphasis mine)
So...... are we "listening" to God? Or, like the people deciding which 'god' was/is God, are we questioning? IF we are listening are we transformed? Can people tell the difference? Are we still the caterpillar or have we "transformed" into the butterfly?