This week’s Gospel, Old Testament and New Testament readings fit together very well. The themes of light, the glory of God, and things that blind us run through all three passages. In fact, we don’t really appreciate what’s going on in Mark 9 without some awareness of the Old Testament background. ‘Six days later’ echoes Moses’ face-to-face encounter with God in the clouds on top of Mount Sinai (Exodus 24.15-18). In 2 Kings 2, Elijah is taken up into heaven in a chariot of fire at the end of his life, and his mantle passes to the prophet Elisha, who will carry forward the power and glory of God. Moses and Elijah both appear on the mountain with Jesus.

 At the Transfiguration, God’s glory focuses on the person of Jesus. He becomes dazzling white with God’s presence (v.3) and makes his glory known in the world. Everything that has gone before has been leading up to this moment. And through Jesus, we can carry something of God’s glory with us.

 In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul uses the Exodus image of Moses covering his face because it is shining so brightly with divine glory. He suggests that the truth is ‘veiled’: that those who do not see th glory of God in the face of Jesus have been blinded by ‘the god of this world’ (v.4). This should prompt us to reflect on what can prevent us from seeing God’s glory and understanding what he is doing around us.

A prayer for blessing

As on that day, Christ comes to meet us,

bearing the scars on his hands and his side.

As to the disciples then, so now Christ

gives us his peace and bids us come to him.

As in that moment, Christ breathes his spirit on us,

to equip us for the work we have to do.

Bless us, Lord, for we believe. Amen.

A personal prayer

When I hide in the crowd, send your peace, O God.

When I seek solitude, send your peace, O Christ.

When I reach out to you, send your peace, O Holy Spirit. Amen.

A prayer for the week

Christ’s peace be with you in all that you do.

Christ’s peace be with you in all that you are.

Christ’s peace be with you in all that you will be. This day and for evermore. Amen.

Live your faith 8–14 April 2018

Read, pray, reflect and live your faith this week

This week’s Bible readings John 20.19-31 Acts 4.32-35 1 John 1.1–2.2

No Turning Back

Notes on the Bible readings

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Questions for reflection

 - Devise a caption for this image.

 - How restorative do you find peace and quiet?

 - How is the peace that Jesus gives different?

Moorland Park Methodist Church is part of the Lincoln Methodist Circuit and The Methodist Church in Britain