It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Monday, February 13, 2012

On the Mountaintop, Reflection on Mark 9:2-6

Peter, James, and John were helped in their understanding of who Jesus was by the events on the mountaintop. They witnessed a change in Jesus' body. They saw him clothed in white as was the Divine One described by Daniel (7:9). And they saw Moses and Elijah, great figures in the history of their people, both who had spoken the word of the Lord.

The first reading this week, 2 Kings 2:1-12 depicts the departure of Elijah. John H. Hayes, in Preaching through the Christian Year B, suggests reading Exodus 24 and 34 to see how Mark's version of the Transfiguration is patterned on Moses' experiences of God on Mt. Sinai.
All the elements of Mark's account are there: the six days of waiting, the cloud, the glory, the voice, the descent from the mountain. Moses' face shone due to his experience in the presence of God. Exodus also describes the making of the tent of meeting. 
Lectio Divina: Mark 9:6

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