In this Sunday’s Gospel we will hear how Jesus was transformed on a mountain and how God spoke to Peter, James and John. We also see how terrified the Disciples were. Can we imagine what it would be like at that moment? Firstly, Jesus’ clothes whitening before our eyes, then Prophets from the past appearing and talking to Jesus and lastly, God Himself talking to us from a cloud? No wonder they wanted to build tents and hide. But they didn’t need tents – they were in a sacred place and they just needed to trust, and they would be alright.
Perhaps this weekend, as we listen to the Gospel and begin to think more about Jesus’ coming transformation from earthly Son to Our Lord and Saviour, we can think about our own sacred places. When we visit church, we know we are in a sacred hall, a safe space where we can worship together in fellowship and love, but we can also feel that safety elsewhere. For some of us a quiet walk on a beach may be our chance to feel closer to God, for others it may be up a mountain, or we may have a beautiful corner in our home. It doesn’t matter where, because God is with us every step, all we need to do is listen and not be afraid.
Mark 9 2:10 (NIV)
2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) 7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” 8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
Did you know that every week we send home The Wednesday Word? This is your chance to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday together as a family – we send it home in a child friendly format and it includes activities and puzzles and ideas for discussion and prayer.