The reading for today is Mark 9:2-8.
The Transfiguration of Jesus
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.
The Transfiguration of Jesus is right in the middle of Mark’s gospel. The first eight chapters share the details of Jesus ministry of proclaiming the Kingdom, healing the sick, teachings, and preaching.
Mark uses the story of Transfiguration as a dividing point in his gospel. From this moment of transfiguration with the three disciples, Jesus’ ministry would turn towards the holy city of Jerusalem and ultimate points to his passion.
I am always struck by the vision of Jesus on the mountain top. The vision is clear. Jesus is the only Holy One of Israel. He is the beloved of God. And yet, Jesus instructs the disciples to return to the valley below. Enjoy the moments where the vision of Jesus is clear, and God feels near. We are not called to remain on the mountain, the work of ministry occurs in the valleys and the challenge of faith is to find the face of Jesus in moments of trial. When we find Jesus in the valleys of life, know that the Kingdom of God has come near.
Let us pray:
Dear God, our Lord, I pray for your presence this day. Remind me to look for you in the valleys as well as the moments of clarity. Use all that I have for your glory and be with those who suffer this day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Steve Cauley firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray for a renewal of vision in this time of Lent. Remembering that God will renew all things in Hi good time. Pray for patience as we look for an end to the pandemic and for all who are sick and suffering this day.