Sunday 11th February 2018
Last Sunday after Epiphany

2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9†

The Old Testament reading tells in somewhat stylised and dramatic terms the story of Elishaís succession as prophetic leader, quite literally taking the mantle of his mentor Elijah. There are a number of potential applications of this episode into the world of work. There may be those going through situations of change in their working lives, perhaps having taken on new responsibilities, adapting to a new manager or supervisor, or perhaps preparing for or coming to terms with retirement. There may also be opportunity to pray for or encourage those involved in training, mentoring or in other ways equipping individuals to take on responsibility within the world of work.

The Gospel reading presents a significant episode in the ministry of Jesus, as he is transfigured before his closest disciples. One of the enduring themes from this narrative is Peterís desire to ďpreserve the momentĒ by building tabernacles in which the visitors can remain; but the moment passes and the challenge for the disciples is to come down from the mountain, and live in the everyday world in the light of their experience. This story strikes at the heart of our worship experiences; we come together that we might glimpse more fully the nature of the risen Christ. While as a community of Godís people, our shared life may provide those spiritual havens to inspire and strengthen us in our faith journey, they must not become an end in themselves, but equip us to engage with the world around us as followers of the risen Christ. This story may beckon us to the mountain top, but it also commissions us to live out our faith in the midst of the working week. This theme is echoed in Paulís words to the Christians at Corinth.