Saturday 23 February 2019

About Today Readings

St Polycarp.

Hebrews 11:1-7. Psalm 144(145):2-5, 10-11. Mark 9:2-13.

I will praise your name forever, Lord – Psalm 144(145):2-5, 10-11.

‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’

Today’s readings reassure us strongly that Jesus loves us and is present to us in both extraordinary and ordinary moments. The story of the transfiguration is utterly other to our regular experience. It is a moment of sheer power and influence over Peter, James and John.

What a joy it must have been to witness this event. What a gift to be with Jesus on the mountain. Building tents there would have seemed entirely sensible so that the moment could last forever.

Jesus is revealed as ‘the Beloved’ of the Father, the one anointed to bring God’s love to all. As the speaking ‘Word made flesh’, the disciples are commanded to ‘listen.’

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