Faith Daily | 6 August 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p
Eternal God, our glorious King,
whose Son Jesus Christ was transfigured
on the holy mountain
and seen in splendour by his chosen witnesses:
grant us, his followers, faith to perceive his glory,
to listen to him, and to walk in his way,
that we may be changed into his likeness
from glory to glory;
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 9: 2-9
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 white, such as no one on earth could bleach 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 make three dwellings, 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.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Debbie Pringle
In the first verse preceding this passage, Jesus said, to His disciples, “ Truly I tell you that there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come with power.“ I think that statement was fulfilled in today’s reading. Peter, James and John, Jesus’ inner circle, were shown a glimpse of the glory and power of God that one day we will all see. This was something that they would always remember. Many years later, Peter wrote about it in his second letter (1:16-18) and John states that they saw Jesus’ glory in the first chapter of his gospel (v14).
In Luke’s account of this passage he writes that Moses and Elijah were talking to Jesus about His departure (Greek exodus) from this world. The disciples must have been reminded of when Moses received the law on Mount Sinai and the glory of God covered the mountain in the form of a cloud.
Here, Jesus’ disciples are not given 10 commandments, but one. Listen to Him. Jesus and God the Father are one (John14:10). What Jesus says, God says. We need to read and study our Bibles in order to find out what God has to say to us. We need to listen, just as Peter and the other disciples did.
We ask Your forgiveness for the times when we when turned a deaf ear to Jesus, Your son.
We ask Your forgiveness for the times when we have not been diligent in studying His word.
Please make us, not only hearers, but doers of His word.
We ask it for the glory of Jesus’ name.