Mark 9:2-13 NRSVue
2Six 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, 3and his clothes became dazzling bright, such as no one on earth could brighten them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us set up three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. 11Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 12He said to them, “Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.”
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Some thoughts on this scripture
The story captures the vivid, trembling memory of Peter as he recounted it to Mark: the whiteness of Jesus' clothes, the sudden drop from awe-inspiring visions to /seeing no one any more, but only Jesus./ It is in your friendship, Lord Jesus, that I find the bridge linking me to the awful majesty of God.
This incident on the mountain gets us to look forward either to the resurrection of Jesus or the glory of the second coming. Peter's reaction also gets us to look forward to life with God, so that we will say in eternity, ‘It is good for us to be here'. In prayer we can rest at times and just be glad, happy and content to be with Jesus, in his presence and in his love. The transfiguration was for the benefit of the disciples, for their faith and confidence in the lasting glory of Jesus at bad times. It can be the same of each of us in prayer.
God's voice still echoes, inviting us to listen to Jesus. I allow myself to be drawn into the presence of the Beloved, invited to be close as were Peter, James and John.
Jesus' presence with Moses and Elijah reminds us that Jesus held law and vision in mind. I allow Jesus to draw me into a broader view of the church than that into which I may have settled.