This is my beloved Son, listen to him. – Mark 9: 7
Today is the second Sunday in Lent, and the Church throughout the world continues to reflect on the mystery of Christ’s passion, suffering and death as we walk in Our Master’s footsteps in this season of Lent.
Today’s gospel reading from the book of Mark, reminds us of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.
On the Mount of Tabor, Jesus took Peter, James and John to pray, and as He prayed, His disciples slept.
However, at the point of His transfiguration, they were awakened to see His glory, the appearance of Moses and Elijah with Him, and most importantly, they heard the voice of The Father bearing witness to Jesus…as they were enveloped in “the cloud of glory”.
The scene reminds me as I meditate now, about the cloud of glory in the days of Moses, when the Lord would come into the Holy of Holies to speak with Moses, at the gathering of the people of Israel.
Indeed at one point they rebelled against Moses, saying that they also wanted God to speak with them, and God granted their request. At their assembly, the Lord came down in His glory cloud. However, at the sound of God’s voice they were filled with incredible terror and could hardly bear it, that they begged Moses to act as their mediator with God once again.
Today however, it’s incredible to see that Moses who acted as a mediator for the people of Israel before God, now bears witness to Jesus as the True Mediator before the Father. The Father Himself before Moses and Elijah and the Apostles bears witness to The Son.
What initially seems like just a prayer or meeting place between Christ, His Apostles and Moses and Elijah, now turns to The Witness Place of The True Mediator, with a full recognition of how Christ becomes the Mediator with God by the shedding of His Blood.
The transfiguration of Christ in many ways becomes an event that brings together the witnesses of both the Old and New Testaments.
At the transfiguration, Moses and Elijah and the message they preached, as bonded together with Peter, James and John and the message they preached. And this bonding is only made possible in Christ Jesus, in the presence of God The Father.
How incredible indeed is our Faith.
How amazing God’s love for us.
That we can look back through Scriptures and see that everywhere, God has us in mind…
All His people, everywhere, throughout time, are bonded together in Him through Christ our Saviour.
Heavenly Father, as we meditate on the great mystery of the Transfiguration of Your Son, we acknowledge what St Paul says, and pray the same prayer of St Paul in Ephesians 3:18-19 that
(we) may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that (we) may be filled with all the fullness of God.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Thank You Father, Thank You Saviour, Thank You Holy Spirit. Amen.
Always and Forever,
To The Lamb.
With all my love.