Thursday, March 11th Mark 9:2-8

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. Mark 9:2-8

There are high points in all of our lives – great accomplishments, graduations, beginning new careers, marriages, the births of children, the births of grandchildren. The most memorable of these moments feel almost transcendent, otherworldly. We can’t imagine our “good fortune.” We know we’ve seen a glimpse of glory. We know we have been truly blessed.

Here, halfway through the gospel of Mark, Peter gets such a glimpse. He sees Jesus together with the heroes of the faith – his own “Field of Dreams” – and he hears God’s affirmation of the person and ministry of Jesus. It was a mountain top experience, no wonder he wanted to stay!

But glimpses, by definition, are fleeting. Which is not to take anything away from them. They are what they are. But then – poof – it’s over. They find themselves looking around and seeing no one but Jesus.

But still hearing the echo of that voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

This is the voice echoing through the lives of the baptized people of God. “You are my beloved child; listen to my Son.” Trust him, follow him, wherever he might lead.

So many other voices will beckon to you. So many other voices, like barkers at a carnival, will entice you with visions and dreams that promise you life. But I alone have given you life. I’ve marked you and sealed you and promised to be with you, from mountain-top to valley floor. Listen to me!

Soon they would leave this mountain behind. They would carry the memory, the vision, a renewed sense of purpose and God’s favor, but they would carry all that back down to the valley of life and the mountains yet ahead. For now, just now, we enjoy the peak. Or is it the “peek”?

Let us pray: Gracious Lord, thank you for the little peeks you give us into the glory of your kingdom at those peak moments, those wonderful moments, of our lives. May such moments encourage us and send us forth down the paths you open before us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

2 Responses to “Thursday, March 11th Mark 9:2-8”

  1. Evelyn Says:

    Thank you.

  2. Robin Thomas Says:

    Thank you Rev. Kerry. This is a wonderful,comforting message.

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