• 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-
encounter with God in the clouds on top of
Mount Sinai (Exodus 24.15-
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
• 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 to see God’s glory Look at the flames of a candle.
the world is full of your amazing works,
which shine out like flames, dancing on a candle.
Open our eyes to your glory,
and help us to sparkle with your beauty and love. Amen.
A personal prayer
Jesus, God’s beloved child,
help me to listen for your voice,
and watch for your blessing,|
with faith, obedience and gratitude. Amen.
A prayer for the week
Lord of light, guide us each day,
and let the light of your glory shine through us
into the lives of all those we meet.
May the dazzling light of your presence bring us comfort and hope
whenever we feel sad or worried. Amen.