A Markan Fulcrum & Evocative Transfiguring
Smack dab in the middle of Mark’s gospel and SOMEone finally knows how to answer the persistent question: Who is Jesus? Peter responds, “You are the Christ.” At this fulcrum, we’ve now tipped over to the second half of the gospel in which Jesus sets out to teach what being the Christ actually means. Jesus’ first attempt to teach Peter about suffering, rejection, and death doesn’t go so hot (mutual rebuking, Jesus calling Peter Satan…). When Peter thinks the bleachified, glowing, transfigured Jesus atop the mountain a few days later is a little more like it, he’s again disappointed that they can’t just stay in the glory. Listen as Pastor Megan reflects on what this story of a transfigured Jesus evokes in her as we stand at the precipice between the question (Who is Jesus?) and understanding its answer (What does “Christ” mean?).
Megan M Ramer
Narrative Lectionary – Year 2
- Working Preacher Sermon Brainwave podcast, “SB585 – Transfiguration Sunday,” February 2, 2018.
- Working Preacher Narrative Lectionary podcast, “NL210: Transfiguration,” January 29, 2016.
- Jan Richardson, “Dazzling: A Blessing for Transfiguration Sunday,” Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons, 83.
- Photo: Buckskin Mountain from Holden Village, by Megan Ramer, October 2019.