Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
Food For Thought:
The story of Jesus’ transfiguration is an interesting one. Jesus takes three disciples and heads up to the mountain. When they arrive at the mountaintop, Jesus is transfigured into dazzling white clothes, and then several dead people show up. It reminds me a little bit of that commercial where Abraham Lincoln comes back to life. But I think what the Gospel writer, Mark, is trying to show, is that this new “Christianity thing” is connected to this old thing called Judaism, where most of the new Christian converts are coming from. Think about your connection to the past and how it has shaped the future. Think about the fathers and mothers in your faith―those people that guided you as a child and helped to instill a deep faith in you. Think about how you can be the kind of person who instills knowledge in someone else.
O God, you delight not in pomp and show,
but in a humble and contrite heart.
Overturn our love of worldly possessions
and fix our hearts more firmly on you,
that, having nothing,
we may yet possess everything,
a treasure stored up for us in heaven. Amen
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