The Gospel of Mark Chapter 9, v.2: (Want to dig deeper? Check out this podcast from "the Bible for Normal People" called '5 Things You Need to Know About Mark')
Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them.
4 Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus. 5 Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified. 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” 8 Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them.
9 As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept it to themselves, but they often asked each other what he meant by “rising from the dead.” 11 Then they asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?” 12 Jesus responded, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. Yet why do the Scriptures say that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be treated with utter contempt? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they chose to abuse him, just as the Scriptures predicted.”
About today's contributor. . .We are so very pleased to have his Holiness Pope Francis writing our response today (ha ha - April Fools! :) Amelia is originally from Indonesia and studied Architecture in the U.K. She lives in Queens with her husband and two kids.
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What a magnificent sight this must have been! We often read about Jesus doing a lot of human activities like eating, sleeping, and praying. But every now and then we get reminded by events such as this one that Jesus is also divine. This would have amazed and terrified me -- like it did Peter in the story. Sometimes I wonder why Jesus seems to limit such amazing signs? And why show them only to a select group of people?
As you can tell, this story is triggering my FOMO :) and it makes me question my own expectations of Jesus. There are times I feel that a miraculous sign like this would have been very helpful in my situation. But I wonder if and how it would actually affect my faith? How do you feel about miracles and divine signs? How do you respond to them? What are the things you find most powerful and influential to your faith and growth?
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Reading Tips . . .
Start by asking God to interact with you
Ask for a fresh perspective
Expect to be challenged in your assumptions
Try imagining yourself in the story
Slow down and pay attention to your feelings, thoughts and reactions
When something bothers you, talk to God about it
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