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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (2 Kings 2:1-12)
The young prophet Elisha refuses to let his mentor Elijah pass from this world until he is assured a double portion of his spirit. Elijah makes this promise and then is taken into heaven in a whirlwind by a chariot and horses of fire.
Yahweh the righteous judge shines out of Zion and summons the entire earth before him. He appears in a consuming fire in the midst of a powerful whirlwind, executing justice for his people.
Second Reading (2 Corinthians 4:3-6)
For St. Paul the gospel he proclaims is a brilliant light in the darkness, reflecting the glory of God seen in the face of Jesus Christ. Paul points, not to himself, but to Jesus Christ who is Lord. To be unable to see this light is to be blinded by the god of this age.
Gospel (Mark 9:2-9)
After identifying himself as the suffering Messiah and puzzling his disciples, Jesus is transfigured, appearing in dazzling white between Moses and Elijah. A voice from heaven affirms him as his beloved Son and the one to whom all should listen.
- God is on the side of light and against darkness
- God’s word is good news and glorious light
- Jesus reveals the glory of God in his own being
- In the presence of God there is revelation of truth
- Jesus shares the characteristics of divinity