Friday, March 11

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!” (Mark 9:2-7)

This passage in Mark's gospel is replete with imagery as if filmed by Cecil B. DeMille. There is a mountaintop, a cloud, dazzling white robes, spectres ofpast biblical personages, and an unseen voice. Jesus is transfigured.

  While transfigured is usually considered as a change in form or appearance—like metamorphosis—it can also be a change which is exalting, glorifying, or spiritual.

   If we go to our own quiet, beautiful place, and in that silence meditate, might we not be spiritually transformed? Might we not attain new insights? Unlike the disciples, who display great incomprehension, might we not understand that we are not meant to control all situations? We need only "...listen to him."

Heavenly Father help us to make time during our busy daily schedules to sit quietly and listen to the teachings of your Son, the Beloved, so that our minds may be elevated and our spirituality enhanced. Thine be the glory. Amen.

Janet Yauch Traveler, volunteer, grandma.