Epiphany 6: The Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9)
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1) The glory of God is often associated in Scripture with the image of a cloud (Ex. 13:21-2; 24:16; 40:34, 38; 2 Chron. 5:14, etc.), and God’s glory descends upon Jesus and the disciples in v. 7. Out of the cloud speaks the voice of the Father, saying ‘This is my beloved Son; listen to him’, which repeats in part what was said at Jesus’ baptism in 1:11. At his baptism, though, the voice says ‘You are my beloved Son’, speaking directly to Jesus, whereas here the voice is directed to the disciples, confirming to them Jesus’ divine identity. Looking at the immediate context of this passage, 8:31-9:1, what aspects of Jesus’ identity and teaching does the Father want the disciples to pay attention to?
2) We said in the sermon that glory in scripture manifests ‘the internal solidity’, weightiness, or gravitas of a thing of person. Where have you encountered glory in your life, either in created reality or through God’s presence or action in your life?
3) Perhaps your life feels quite ordinary and inglorious, or maybe you are running harried from one thing to the next. But the transfiguration, understood within the gospel of Mark as a whole, teaches us that it is noble and glorious when we are faithful to Christ in small things, like when we love our neighbor, when we put others first, and when we slow down enough to see and take an opportunity to share something about Jesus’ character or work with a colleague or friend. Where are we being called to pursue ‘glory’ in this scriptural sense in the ordinary things of our lives?