Gospel Reading and Thoughts for March 1, 2015

Mark 9:2-10transfiguration

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; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they 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.

 

With the Transfiguration of Christ on the mountain, it appears that we catch a glimpse of how Jesus may look in Heaven – blindingly, amazingly white! In his love for us, he wanted us to all appear that white. So he made the ultimate sacrifice – the sinless in place of the sinful – whitening our souls whiter than we ourselves could make them and opening the gates of Heaven, he welcomed us to his Father. His own sacrifice and death were the “bleach” to remove the stain of our original sin and all other sins committed after.

Close your eyes and look up at the sun. Imagine the light being even more intense, even more bright and warm, and then multiply it by a million and fill it with God’s love. Our human minds cannot fathom the glory of Christ, just like the apostles were overwhelmed during the Transfiguration, but again like the apostles, we can sometimes catch just a glimpse of it and set it as the hope on which to set our lives.

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