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Lenten Reflections: Day Eighteen

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during Lent, we invite you to reflect and respond to one highlighted Scripture reading from the Revised Common Lectionary.

Lectionary readings (from the Revised Common Lectionary):
Psalms 19
Exodus 19:16-25
Mark 9:2-8

Mark 9:2-8

Six 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, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Then 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.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

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v.9 They headed back down the mountain. They wanted to stay, but Jesus told them they had work to do down in the valley among the poor and those who had not yet heard the good news.

What they discover in the end is that it is in those valleys and among the poor-not on mountain tops with the likes of Elijah and Moses-that their own transfiguration would take place. Only there is where they would finally discover who Jesus really was and who they themselves were called to be.

How hard it is to convince people of this truth. The mountain tops beckon and that is where most people want to be while their transfiguration awaits them in the valley below.

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