Sunday, 19 February 2012
Thought for the week Next before Lent
A moment of blinding perception it
would be good to stay there,
but clutch it and it's gone.
They come unheralded,
those moments of of dazzling clarity,
and leave us as suddenly.
As well try catch the kingfisher
darting though stillness.
Be thankful for its jewelled beauty
and keep awake, alert.
The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. (9.2–9)
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.