Over the last several weeks, the authority of Jesus has been revealed to the world in the Gospel of Mark largely through his ministry of healing and casting out demons. This week, as we celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord, Jesus is revealed in a very tangible way to be the Son of God through a voice from the cloud and the transfiguration of his clothes to bright white. As a hinge point in our liturgical year, Jesus’ transfiguration is the mountaintop experience which comes before we traverse the plain that is Lent. We proclaim this story so that as we journey through the wilderness, turning from our own wicked selves, we can remember the Light which goes ahead of us — Jesus Christ, God’s only beloved Son and rock of our salvation.
2 Kings 2:1-12
Elijah taken up to heaven and succeeded by Elisha
Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth in glory
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
God’s light seen clearly in the face of Christ
Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son
Our hymn of the day this week is “How Good Lord to Be Here” recalling other gospels accounts of the disciples’ reactions to Jesus’ transfiguration. We too may seek to remain on the mountain with Jesus at times, but we are still sent to the plains, knowing that God goes with us. We also take this opportunity, as the last public worship opportunity before the start of Lent, to sing our Alleluias with the hymn “Alleluia, Song of Gladness.” We bid farewell to this word as a sign of our Lenten fast, and we look forward to its return when we celebrate Easter.
Jesus specifically tells the disciples not to mention what they saw on the mountaintop until he had risen from the dead. Why would Jesus say this? What does it mean?
Jesus is revealed to be God’s son in this week’s gospel and we start to see the arc of his ministry and where it may lead. Have there been crystallizing moments in your life that have helped you see what you need to do next, or where you need to go? How is God present in those times?