Sunday Scripture Reflection: Mark 9:2-9
Updated: Feb 16, 2021
On this Last Sunday after the Epiphany, we hear the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. This story, told in Chapter Nine of Mark's Gospel account, is a special opportunity to hear and reflect on a miraculous moment of grace. God, in transfiguring the appearance of Jesus, is pulling back the mysterious veil between heaven and earth...giving us a glimpse of the full glory of God. Also, the discussion with Moses and Elijah is a clear representation that God continues to work in the life of God's people through relationship - in this instance, shown through the law (Moses) and the words of the prophets (Elijah).
Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Mark. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Mark 9:2-9).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
After reading the Scripture lesson of the Transfiguration of Jesus, why do you imagine Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain with him; why do you imagine Elijah and Moses were there?
After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on what God's intention might have been when God said, "this is my Son, listen to Him."
After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on the meaning of "one's identity" and ask yourself: what does this Scripture passage say about Jesus' identity?; what does this Scripture passage say about the identity of one who is a disciple?
After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's idea that "revelation is something that comes in God's own way and time - as a gift." How is the revelation of Jesus a gift? And how has the "gift of revelation" been used, throughout history, as a claim to status and power...you might say, "misused" by those it was given.
In the last paragraph, the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph, the author writes, "Even if we have a mountaintop experience, we often do not know how to share it...and the faith community may not know how to receive an experience with God on the mountaintop." Reflect on ways that "holy gifts of revelation" can be shared in our communities and how these faith stories might be used to inspire others.