I thought I would take the next passage in Mark and just share some thoughts with anyone here who's interested. My normal process is to spend time during the week mulling over the passage and making some observations. Then, by the end of the week, I try to draw out some memorable principles that can illumine some life-change steps. Who knows how it will work here, but feel free to share thoughts along the way. Up first this week is Mark 9:2-13, the mount of transfiguration.
"���After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. ��� Peter said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) ��� Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: 'This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!' ��� Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. ��� As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what 'rising from the dead' meant. ��� And they asked him, 'Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?' ��� Jesus replied, 'To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.'"