SATURDAY OF THE SIXTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 9:2-13
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, the disciples no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant. Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He told them, “Elijah will indeed come first and restore all things, yet how is it written regarding the Son of Man that he must suffer greatly and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”
Peter, James and John, the disciples closest to Jesus, were invited to come with him for a glorious encounter with God. I cannot imagine how the three men felt as they were with God and heard His voice. What a confirmation of who Jesus is to us. “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” God the Father must have removed any doubts from the disciples of Jesus’ identity and the truth spoken by Jesus.
Most adults searching for the truth re-evaluate their faith as an adult forming a more mature mindset. I know I questioned how could all these bible stories of Jesus be true. How could bread turn into Jesus’ body and wine turn into his blood? That sounds crazy if you compare it to the natural laws of science and how science functions. But God is more than science, he is Spirit and the Word. He gives us the Word to show us how powerful his Word is on earth. He speaks, and it is real. For example, God said, “Let there be light” and it was brought forth. “Be healed” and the sick were made whole again. Just by his word miracles happened.
The disciples did not always understand the words Jesus spoke, such as “rising from the dead”. But they believed it would happen and it would eventually be revealed to them. All they had to do was listen as God commanded. Are we listening?