Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Acid Trip Gospel

In the interest of full disclosure I have never experimented with anything stronger than hard alcohol or caffeine. Unless you count David Lynch and David Cronenberg movies. But I remember specifically going to mass either 1977 or 1978 and hearing this Gospel and quite possibly experiencing my first acid trip like experience. Even for my preteen mind the imagery was amazing. Plus the fact the disciples just took for granted that Moses and Elijah just showed up with all the mundanes the way we would ask if they want cream or Splenda with their coffee. When this Gospel was read today I thought this would make for a good out from left field type entry. Below I quote the actual reading plus some other people's comments on the same Gospel.

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Actual Gospel

Luke 9:28-36 (Today's New International Version) The Transfiguration 28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, 31 appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, [a] which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.) 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him." 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

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