Our quest to follow Christ brings us to the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Mark today. The chapter is all about spiritual transformation. We will witness a transformation of Christ on a mountaintop in Israel; a transformation of a demonized boy made whole; and a transformation of quarrelling disciples into a brotherhood of servants. If we follow Christ, we too will be transformed. God’s word shows us the way. But before we dive in to these tales of transformation, Let’s look at two verses that set the stage.