Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sudays to the Gospels. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Mark 9:2-10. MK 9:2-10
Jesus took Peter, 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 fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.
This Gospel reading is known as the Transfiguration of the Lord. It contains many messages within it. In the Old Testament, it was common to go to a mountain to speak to God. Although Jesus needed no mountain, he took the three apostles with Him; as this was to be a strengthening of faith for Peter, James, and John during the Lord’s Bitter Passion; and also witness to His Glory and Divinity. The Transfiguration shows the Lord’s clothing brighter than the sun. This was the Glory of the Lord; Jesus’ Divinity outwardly emanating, while in the presence of the Face of God. Jesus met with Elijah and Moses; Elijah representing the Prophets, and Moses representing the Law, and Jesus, the Lord of the Prophets and the Law- weaving together past, present and future and fulfilling the Word. God’s message is firm and loving; that Jesus is His Beloved Son. Listening to the Words of Jesus and acting on them is what God asks us all to do, then and today.