Genesis 22:1-2,9,10-13,15-18; Psalms 116:10,15-19; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10
An enthusiastic preacher often enjoyed showing off his command of the language by using big words in his sermons …
On one occasion a member of the congregation told the preacher that his use of the word phenomenon was not understood. I’ll clear it up in my next Sunday sermon, he promised. When Sunday came, he told the people that he’d been asked to explain the meaning of the word phenomenon. And then he said, If you see a cactus growing in the desert that is not a phenomenon. And if you see a bird that sings, that is no phenomenon. If you see a cow, that is not a phenomenon. But if you see a cow sitting on a cactus and singing like a bird, that is a real phenomenon.
In today’s Gospel Lesson Mark describes the ultimate phenomenal event — spelled with a capital P. It is Mark’s version of the transfiguration story. Did I hear someone ask, What is this transfiguration?