As we wrap the season after the Epiphany, our Gospel lesson places us on the holy mountain of Christ’s Transfiguration. And while it is easy to remember how this event mirrors the experience of Moses and Elijah, may we also never forget how this event recaptures what it means to have God walk with his people, in our closeness to him, and his closeness to us by the indwelling Spirit.
In our lesson from St Mark today, we find the healing and preaching mission of Jesus expand from a single healing to regional fame. May we all find Christ to be our healer both spiritually and physically, and may we all avail ourselves to bring his healing touch to others.
Our lesson from St Mark’s Gospel reveals Jesus as Teacher and Deliverer, ultimately pointing us to the fact that he is the Son of God. May we all discover both the preparatory and the timely message of Word made flesh more than enough to reveal his saving love for us!
Today in our Gospel lesson, as Jesus implores St Peter and St Andrew to follow him and become fishers of men and women, we are reminded that asking us to share the message and love of Christ is asking no more than what he himself did when he walked among us. If evangelism is your goal, then receive this blessing from the Compleat Angler, “Let the blessing of St. Peter’s Master be…upon all that are lovers of virtue, and dare trust in his Providence, and be quiet and go a-angling.”
On this Day of Our Lord’s Baptism our lesson from St Mark reminds us that what belongs to Jesus through the Father’s live also belongs to us by faith in the waters of baptism.
Please forgive the lateness of this post – I was out of town the early part of this week right after service. As the story of Christ’s Transfiguration comes to the fore in our Summer meanderings through the Life of Christ icon, I thought it advantageous to reflect on the Scriptures (Psalm 99, 2 Peter 1:16-21, & Mark 9:1-8) surrounding this event in a lectio divina-inspired way. In so doing, my prayers is that you might imagine yourself present in this amazing moment of salvation history, and come through it with a deeper commitment to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.