MARK 9, 2-10
2 Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain on their own by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured:
3 his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them.
4 Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus.
5 Then Peter spoke to Jesus, ‘Rabbi,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’
6 He did not know what to say; they were so frightened.
7 And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’
8 Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.
9 As they were coming down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of man had risen from the dead.
10 They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.
New Jerusalem Bible
On the mountain, Jesus understands the “theophany” he experiences as a commission to journey to Jerusalem, there to meet his death on the cross and thereby be vindicated as the glorified judge at the end-time [G].
Jesus is transfigured on the mountain in his altered state of consciousness as he converses with Elijah and Moses. The three apostles as witnesses heard God’s voice declaring Jesus as Beloved Son obedient to the end in fulfilling the Law and the Prophets. Peter, James, and John were exhorted to listen to Jesus as model in their obedience to God’s call.
God who has not spared his Beloved Son as sacrifice is prefigured by Abraham, tested in his faith to trust God’s goodness and in God’s keeping to his promises . Isaac in the docile surrender of his life prefigures as a type of Jesus’ death as the sacrificial Passover lamb.
The covenant God makes with Abraham the person of faith is fulfilled as God bestows on him abundant blessings and ensures the continuity of his progeny  by delivering the just Isaac from death and loosening him bound on the altar of sacrifice [P].
Likewise Paul sees how absurd the rhetorical questions he recounts are if God is on the side of his people saving them in his mighty deeds .
Reginald H. Fuller and Daniel Westberg, Preaching the Lectionary: The Word of God for the Church Today, 3rd Edition. Liturgical Press 2006.
Kevin W Irwin, Sunday Worship: A Planning Guide to Celebration. Pueblo 1983.
John J Pilch, The Cultural World of Jesus, Sunday by Sunday, Cycle B. The Liturgical Press 1996.
With Jesus the Transfigured Lord and the host of God’s faithful witnesses, what songs can we sing in thanking God as we walk with him in the land of the living [P]?
From Ashes to the Living Font
Alan J Hommerding
Tune: ST FLAVIAN
Lyrics, with adaptation
Presentation of Gifts
Transfigure Us O Lord
Center Of My Life
Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior
The Glory of These Forty Days [G selected verses]
Gregory the Great, Translator Maurice F Bell
Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH
1 = 1st reading
P = Responsorial Psalm
2 = 2nd Reading
G = Gospel
God as Father calls us to listen to Jesus now the transfigured and glorified Beloved Son.
In our daily lives the voice of Jesus the risen Lord may be heard through other people, events, and other creatures of God.
Like the apostles and Abraham — as we pause to listen to these voices —
- what change or changes do we need in our understanding of ourselves, our relationships, and our life vocation?
- How can we model our own transfiguration in following Christ more closely?