A Note on Today’s Readings | Last Sunday after the Epiphany—Year B
Welcome to St. Gabriel’s Parish.
Today we observe the Transfiguration, which reveals the promise and glory of a life beyond what is apparent to our everyday sight.
Our first reading from 2 Kings describes Elijah being taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, leaving behind Elisha, who aches to inherit Elijah’s spirit. This text reassures us of the communal nature of ministry. As we witness the prophetic office being passed down, it provides the community with stability and continuity.
Our second reading from 2 Corinthians speaks to the veils that still cover our eyes, and prevent us from seeing the dazzling light of Christ. Paul reminds us that this radiant light shines from the face of Jesus Christ directly onto our hearts.
In our reading from Mark’s Gospel, the miraculous Transfiguration of Jesus is revealed to three of the Apostles in the presence of Elijah and Moses. This symbolizes the continuity with and great respect for the Hebrew Prophets of old, while also foreshadowing the New Covenant about to be made with the Jewish people. As Jesus stands in dazzling white radiance while the voice of God speaks from a cloud, this Transfiguration scene solidifies Jesus’ identity as the Son of God and represents that pivotal moment when the door cracks open between two worlds – the earthly and the heavenly realms – as human nature meets God, with Jesus as the bridge between them.