The Transfiguration of Our Lord; Year B (2/11/2018)

Lessons:
2nd Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2nd Corinthians 4:3-6
St. Mark 9:2-9

Prayer of the Day:
Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

9.2 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, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.5 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.” 6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. 9 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.

St. Mark 9:2-9 New Revised Version Bible (C)1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

Powerfully Sacred Presence

This year we are spending time in St. Mark’s Gospel. The earliest of the four Gospels, it is known for its intensity, its attention to spiritual warfare, its focus on physical and spiritual wellbeing, and its perception that the followers of Jesus hardly ever get it right.

This week’s text illustrates the last of these notions. In one of the most dramatic scenes of the Gospel, Jesus makes his way to the top of a mountain with Peter, James and John (with no mention of why Andrew is absent). While there, the three followers are treated to a terrifying sight: Jesus is transfigured. His clothes (and presumably he, himself) become dazzling white — whiter than anything the people of his time have ever seen. And while transfigured, he is seen speaking with Elijah and Moses — two of the most important and influential figures in the Hebrew Bible. (more…)