The Call to Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark, Day 41
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. Mark 9:2-8Listen to Jesus. So here at the beginning of the end, Peter, James and John and we the readers experience a voice telling us that Jesus is God's Beloved, listen to him. While Jesus is filled with the glory of God, glowing white and speaking to Elijah and Moses, we are invited to Listen to him. Jesus, in this experience with Elijah and Moses, becomes the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets, listen to him. Jesus, with Moses, is the fulfillment of the law - he shares with us the importance of the commands and instructions that God has given to us, he points to what is important, Listen to Him. Elijah and the prophets called on people to turn back to God who will turn their despair into hope. Jesus has come to fulfill the prophets representing this turn from despair to hope, Listen to the Beloved. The Gospel of Mark, stressed the importance of listening, or hearing: do you have ears and do not hear, he digs into the ears of the deaf man and sighs his prayer that the man may be opened. We are invited to remember that Jesus is sowing the word of God far and wide in the rocky ground, on the warn paths, and in the good soil. So listen.
This is one of the hardest calls of the gospel. Listen to Jesus. We don't want to listen and understand if it means we will have to change. We like things the way they are; its worked for us so far. If we truly hear, the Gospel message, it means we can't ignore the ways we are called to act, the compassion we are to express, the Good News we are to share. Listen to Jesus. So not only is it hard to truly hear, when we read and study the word or listen to the word in worship, we can't help but be transformed. We can't help but begin to experience God and want others to fell the same. Do you spend time with God's word? Do you have time each day or each week when you spend time in silence, not filling your prayer with word but letting the words, feelings, images come from God.
Use the words of the scripture today to lead you into silence. On your in breath say, "This is my Beloved." On you out breath, say, "Listen to him." Do this while gradually shortening the phrase. Move to in breath, Listen and out breath, to Him. Then gradually shorten the phrase to Listen. Then let the Listen fade away into silence.
Transfigure Me by Christopher Grundy