Sunday 28 February 2021

Enter the Mystery


Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: ‘Rabbi,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus. As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.

MARK 9:2-10


I usually avoid them, those Market Research people armed with a clipboard of questions! They’re only doing their job, I know, but I’m usually left in a quandary of indecisiveness as they bombard me with questions, trying to gain my opinion about this or that. If we were to engage in a street questionnaire ourselves to ask people what they thought about Jesus: who he is or was, what he represented, what he means to them—then we’d get a bucket full of different beliefs.

Whilst God allows us to make up our own mind about him, the Christian Faith is more than this. Our Faith is a ‘revealed religion’ which means we don’t simply work things out for ourselves. In many and various ways, God has decided to reveal himself to us.  In the gospel reading today, Jesus climbs high with three of his closest disciples, gives them a glimpse of who he is, offers an overwhelming experience of his divinity.  There is cloud and light and a voice from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

It is important to be able to discern the signs of the times, and to speak to each generation afresh in ways that are understood by them but we must always remain loyal to the truth God has revealed to us in Christ to whom we are called to listen, the on who reveals the Mystery of God.


God our Father, help us to listen to Jesus, distracted as we are by so many things. May we glimpse his glory, and glory in his love. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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