The Ups and Downs of Jesus

Imagine that you are sitting on the very top of a pitched roof—you know, one of those roofs that are pointed at the top. You’ve managed to get up there by climbing up one side; then you go down by the other side.

Today’s Gospel is something like that. We’ve reached the “top” of a movement that has been going on with Jesus teaching, preaching and bringing about so many miracles. There comes a moment when Jesus goes up to the top of a mountain and let’s all the amazing glory of who he is shine forth.

The Transfiguration of Jesus prepares his close friends for the cross and death of Jesus that is coming. Down that mountain they come, as though coming down from the roof of a building. There will be another mountain that Jesus will climb, called Calvary—the one that had the cross at the top of it. Then Jesus is brought down from the cross and that mountain, to be laid in a tomb. Yet up goes Jesus again in resurrection. In the final going up of Jesus called the Ascension, he rules the world and gives us the Holy Spirit who comes down to live in our hearts so that we can go up again in a spiritual sense and live with God now. I guess we could say that Jesus shares his “ups and downs” with us!

  Mark 9:1-13

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
“This My son: listen to him.” v. 7
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

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