"Renewing the mind is a little like refinishing furniture. It is a two-stage process. It involves taking off the old and replacing it with the new. The old is the lies you have learned to tell or were taught by those around you; it is the attitudes and ideas that have become a part of your thinking but do not reflect reality. The new is the truth. To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. To the degree that you do this, your behavior will be transformed." - Charles Stanley: (born September 25, 1932: is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in northern Atlanta, Georgia
Gospel Text: (MK 9:2-13)
Jesus took Peter, 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 fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
"Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
then from the cloud came a voice,
"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
Suddenly, looking around, the disciples no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.
Then they asked him,
"Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
He told them, "Elijah will indeed come first and restore all things,
yet how is it written regarding the Son of Man
that he must suffer greatly and be treated with contempt?
But I tell you that Elijah has come
and they did to him whatever they pleased,
as it is written of him."
One day a young boy wandered into a sculptor's studio. He looked around and saw huge chunks of stone and marble. Hearing the sound of hammering, he followed it and saw a man chipping away at a large piece of marble. He watched it a long while, then left. Weeks later the boy came back and saw a beautiful lion on the pedestal. He asked the artist: "How did you find that lion in the marble?" The man said: "Son, It was hidden. It is the vision of the artist to see the lion in the marble!". In the same way, it is our faith that enables us to see the glory of heaven in the person of Jesus. When we submit ourselves to Jesus He transforms us into His discipleship chipping away all the evil elements from our lives and filling us with His Spirit.
On Mount Tabor, the three disciples get a glimpse of the glory of Jesus. The Transfiguration made his chosen disciples aware of his divine glory discarding their worldly ambitions about a conquering political Messiah. God’s words from the cloud: “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him,” are the same words used by God the Father at Jesus' baptism. God the Father reveals Jesus as His son --His beloved -- the one in whom He is well pleased and to whom we must listen