Empowerment from the Father

Mark 9: 2-13
Heb 11:1-7 / Ps 145

This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him.
(Mark 9:7)

Lead me Lord to Your heights sublime,
And there behold Your radiant face;
In Your presence bide for a time
To be empowered by Your grace.

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 anymore, but only Jesus.

The Coming of Elijah

As they were coming down the mountain, He ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. Then they asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ He said to them, ‘Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.’ (Mark 9:2-13)

Reflection

Jesus needed this transfiguration before His crucifixion. He needed to hear His Father’s voice for reassurance — that He was pleased with Him, and that He loved Him. Coming down from the mountain fully recharged, our Lord was ready to face His tormentors and the jaws of death in another mountain.

As a young boy, there was nothing more fulfilling for me than doing what I believed was pleasing to my father. As a war veteran and former chief of police, he was a disciplinarian his eleven children regarded with great fear and reverence. His word was law, and most of the things he taught us have remained indelible in our lives. My trust in his word was so absolute that I could set out to accomplish whatever he ordered or even merely suggested. As a 13-year old weakling, stricken with asthma, sinusitis and migraine, my father told me I needed to build up muscles to support my weak physical structure. In just a few days, I was able to build my own backyard gym, consisting of a chinning pole, parallel bars, abdominal board, and a crude barbell made out of tin cans with poured cement. After a few months of working out in my personal gym, I had built up enough muscles to scare the neighborhood bully.

We all need to spend quiet moments of meditation with our heavenly Father for our inspiration and spiritual development. We need to hear His voice in our prayertime and in His Word, the Holy Bible. Nothing is impossible when we believe that what we are doing is according to His will. As the Book of Wisdom assures us: Those who trust in God shall understand truth, and shall abide with Him in love: because grace and mercy are with His holy ones, and His care is with His elect (Wis.3:9). We also have complete trust in the words of Psalm 91: You have the Lord for your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold. No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. Whoever clings to Me I will deliver; whoever knows My Name I will set on high. I will satisfy them and show them My saving power (Ps.91:9-16).

Father God, grant that I may hear Your voice in quiet moments with You, reassuring me of Your love, so that nothing will be impossible for me to do for Your glory. Amen.

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