1. Year B Lent 2nd Sunday Gospel Reflection by John McKinnon

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    … Listen to him … Today’s story of Jesus’ Transfiguration is taken from the Gospel of Mark. Mark’s version of the event was adopted, with minor adaptations, by Matthew and Luke in their Gospels. Each year, one of the versions appears in the Lectionary for this second Sunday of Lent. As it appears in his Gospel, many of the story’s details contained images and language taken from the Jewish Scriptures and the popular apocalyptic literature of the time. Modern readers may question whether the event actually happened more or less as recounted, or whether it was Mark’s way of “drawing aside the veil”, as it were, and alerting his readers to the mystery constantly underlying the historical unfolding of Jesus’ life. That issue was apparently of no great interest to Mark, who was concerned rather with the message he wished to convey to his readers.

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