This week’s Gospel, Old Testament and New Testament readings fit together very well. The themes of light, the glory of God, and things that blind us run through all three passages. In fact, we don’t really appreciate what’s going on in Mark 9 without some awareness of the Old Testament background. ‘Six days later’ echoes Moses’ face-
At the Transfiguration, God’s glory focuses on the person of Jesus. He becomes dazzling white with God’s presence (v.3) and makes his glory known in the world. Everything that has gone before has been leading up to this moment. And through Jesus, we can carry something of God’s glory with us.
In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul uses the Exodus image of Moses covering his face because it is shining so brightly with divine glory. He suggests that the truth is ‘veiled’: that those who do not see th glory of God in the face of Jesus have been blinded by ‘the god of this world’ (v.4). This should prompt us to reflect on what can prevent us from seeing God’s glory and understanding what he is doing around us.
A prayer for blessing
As on that day, Christ comes to meet us,
bearing the scars on his hands and his side.
As to the disciples then, so now Christ
gives us his peace and bids us come to him.
As in that moment, Christ breathes his spirit on us,
to equip us for the work we have to do.
Bless us, Lord, for we believe. Amen.
A personal prayer
When I hide in the crowd, send your peace, O God.
When I seek solitude, send your peace, O Christ.
When I reach out to you, send your peace, O Holy Spirit. Amen.
A prayer for the week
Christ’s peace be with you in all that you do.
Christ’s peace be with you in all that you are.
Christ’s peace be with you in all that you will be. This day and for evermore. Amen.