1. A death dealing diagnosis is hard to hear and even harder to endure, but when God is in control it leads to a new vision of life.
  2. In Mark’s account, our Lord was in a literal wilderness and fought the literal powers of Satan. But He did it so people in any wilderness might know the comforting power of God.
  3. How do we celebrate the Transfiguration? We listen to Jesus. His words bring forgiveness and life that transfigure our world.
  4. Jesus is about the business of remaking creation, one synagogue, one house, one city at a time.
  5. Everywhere we look, there is suffering. But Jesus is not calling us to look. He is calling us to listen.
  6. In his death, Jesus has done the ultimate act of charity. He has given his life for all.
  7. You cannot “be what you want to be” and follow Jesus. Jesus has a higher calling for you, a calling which is more personal.
  8. Jesus takes that which is overlooked and unappreciated and celebrates this child as the place where God is at work.
  9. The beauty of our gospel reading today is how it reveals Jesus as the One who comes not only for the strong in faith but also for those who are weak and walking away.
  10. Jesus does not remain at a distance from our suffering. He fully enters it and bears its burden.
  11. When the One who created the world comes to you, there is reason for courage and never reason to fear.

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