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Put On Your Overalls!

**... it is wonderful for us to be here** (Mark 9:5).
Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18; Psalms 116:10,15-18; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

Sermon Topic Christian Ministry

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Lent Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 9:5

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Two men were standing on a big city street corner, trying to hail a taxicab. Not an easy task, since it was raining very hard. One man turned to the other and started a conversation which went as follows:

First man: "If it keeps raining like this we'll all have to build an ark."

Second man: "What's an ark?"

First man: "You mean you haven't heard about Noah and the ark, and the great flood and all those animals?"

Second man: "Look, my friend, I've only been in town for a day, and I haven't even had time to read a newspaper."

Today's Gospel Lesson includes Mark's version of the Transfiguration story. Did I hear someone ask, "What's a Transfiguration?"

Always there is mystery in the air, a fact of life which the Gospel writers never let us forget. In today's Lesson, the awesome power and glory of God are mysteriously revealed in Jesus Christ on a hilltop we now call the Mount of Transfiguration. There, the Apostles Peter, James and John are witnesses to the awesome mystery of God dazzlingly displayed in the Person of the Lord Jesus. In Luke's account of this event, we are told that the aspect of Jesus' face is changed and His clothing becomes "brilliant as lightening." The account in Mark's Gospel reads: "There in their presence He was transfigured. His clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleach could make them" (Mk. 9:2). The Apostles were "frightened," Mark writes. "And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud:
'THIS IS MY SON, THE BELOVED. LISTEN TO HIM'" (Mk. 9:8).

And Peter and the others listened. They followed Jesus back down from the Mount of Transfiguration, away from the place of this glorious vision. And when they had descended and were among the people again, Jesus immediately performed an act of loving service. We read in Luke's Gospel ...

Suddenly, a man in the crowd cried out, "Master I implore you to look at my son; he is my only child." (The boy was in a state of convulsion. He was foaming at the [...]

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