Today is Transfiguration Sunday – What I think is going on

The RCL (revised common lectionary for you heretics like Jim and Jeremy) has the reading from Luke this morning, just a cheap knock-off of Mark.

Anyway, if you go to the real Transfiguration in Mark 9.2-8, you’ll see this:

  1. This is Mark’s storytelling pivot. What happened before was directed against one person. What happens after the transfiguration will be directed against another person. It’s all in my book, wink wink.
  2. The Transfiguration repeats Jesus’ Baptism from Mark 1.
  3. The Transfiguration draws from Daniel 7, with the scene between the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man, because Mark wants you to understand who Jesus is. He is the Son of Man of eschatological lore.
  4. The Transfiguration also draws from the same historical reality underlying Mark 13.

Anyway, today is Transfiguration Sunday. As Christians, it should be a time to renew our mission, declare Jesus the Son of Man, the Heaven-Sent messenger, Son of God.


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