Sunday, February 15th, 2015
In Christian teachings, the Transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on Mount Tabor is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth and celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory.
A Prayer For Today
February 15th, 2015
Heart of God:
on mountaintops crowned with mist and in museums filled with wonder;in tents pitched by singing brooks and in theaters filled with laughing children; in this sacred space as well as all our ordinary neighborhoods where we live, you are with us, hearing us, answering us, and we do not lose heart.
Face of God:
we glance at you out of the corners of our souls, and see grace surrounding us; we look at you conversing with the poor and the rejected, and see our family; we watch you as you come to us, to touch us, to heal us, and to give us back to God. And we will not lose heart.
Ear of God:
when our lips cannot shape words, you speak them for us; when we can only sigh our deepest needs, you gather them up and offer them to God; when our hopes are scattered on the ground, you pick them up and give them back to us. And we dare not lose heart.
God in Community, Holy in One, we lift our voices, as well as our hearts, as we pray as Jesus teaches us,
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Author of Today’s Gospel Reading
St Mark the Apostle
The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother’s house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.
St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark’s cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.
St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. His feast day is April 25. He is the patron saint of notaries.
Our Old Testament Reading
Daniel 7: 9-14 NIV
“As I looked,
“thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
“Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Our Gospel Reading
Mark 9: 1-10 NIV
And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
Hymn For Today
Jesus On The Mountain Peak
Text: Brian Wren
Music: Theodore A. Beck
Performed by: “LutheranWarbler”
1 Jesus on the mountain peak
Stands alone in glory blazing;
Let us, if we dare to speak,
Join the saints and angels praising.
2 Trembling at his feet we saw
Moses and Elijah speaking.
All the prophets and the law
Shout through them their joyful greeting:
3 Swift the cloud of glory came:
God proclaiming in its thunder
Jesus as his Son by name!
Nations, cry aloud in wonder,
4 This is God’s beloved Son!
Law and prophets sing before Him;
First and Last and only One.
Let creation now adore him!
Thanks Be To God!
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