Read Mark 9:2-10
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. Read More…
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Evelyn McKenna entered the Sisters of Notre Dame at Waltham, MA in 1957. Over the years she has taught grades 4 - 12. Read More…
Today’s account of the Transfiguration is found in all three of the Synoptic GospelPage.
Jesus in his manifestation to his three apostles briefly shows them his divinity. They were filled with wonder! In addition, however, their response was also one of incomprehension. “Peter hardly knew what to say.”
The appearance of Moses and Elijah, a link with the Law and the prophets, highlights Jesus as fulfillment of God’s oft-repeated promise of a messiah. The voice from heaven, as had been heard at Jesus’ baptism, was another assurance of God’s presence and the wondrous divinity of Jesus.
So, what was Jesus’ purpose in providing such a stunning experience to his friends? Was it accidental that only eight days earlier he had predicted his passion?
The vision of Jesus’ radiant face and entire being were certainly intended to strengthen the faith of the three, particularly at a time when he had so recently spoken about the suffering which lay ahead for him.
Once down from the mountain - and throughout the remaining years of their lives - each of the three, Peter, James and John, had his own heroic moments as well as failures. But the memory of this wondrous appearance would sustain and empower them in their lives and ministry, continuing the work of spreading God’s reign.
So what about us?
We, too, are gifted with peak experiences on occasion, and these fill us with certitude, joy and high motivation. Our response can be eager and hopeful. At other times, like the Apostles, we fail to live up to the expectations which our God has for us.
But day by day and year by year we, too, are renewed by the gift of God’s Spirit in ongoing ways and are empowered to begin again. We are assured that our loving God will sustain and be with us always, whether atop the mountain or working diligently below so that God’s reign may truly come in our lives and in our world.
- Recall a time when you have sensed the wonder of God’s presence in a special way.
- Does this experience sustain you in times of discouragement or challenge?
- Are there ways in which you could draw more fully from this encounter so as to be more energized and intentional in your own response to God’s call?