Our Gospel for this week is Mark 9:2-9, taken today from the English Standard Version (ESV).
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
Jesus takes three of His closest friends to a mountaintop where they witness an extraordinary transformation of Jesus’ appearance and a meeting with Moses and Elijah. They are amazed as any of us would be by seeing their teacher in this way. Jesus gave them this wonderful experience but it only lasts for a short time and then they make their way back down.
Jesus showed them a glimpse of His glory and the joy they will know when He returns for us. However, they still have a mission to accomplish here on earth, to continue learning from Him until it is time for them to accept the responsibility to carry on His ministry. He tells them not to share what they have seen until after His resurrection.
Jesus shows us that we are gifted differently according to God’s plan for us. He took Peter, James and John with Him because this lesson was intended for them. We receive the gifts and knowledge needed for our individual calling, but we all receive the full measure of God’s love.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of knowledge we are each given for Your purpose. Help us to share our gift with all Your children that the world may know Your love. Amen.