2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 – Remove the Veil

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

12Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

1Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.


  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Let your attention rest on the veil over your face that separates you from the light of God.
  • This veil keeps you from receiving the fullness of God’s light and love.
  • Seek within you the hidden things, the shame, the guilt, the burdens that are keeping you behind the veil.
  • As you name these things, notice how God is lifting the veil from your face to receive light and love.
  • Rest in the light and love.
  • Like Moses, the veil keeps people from seeing the glory of God on your face.
  • What light and love of God do you wish to emanate as you go into the world today?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, March 3, 2019, the Transfiguration of the Lord (Year C)

Exodus 34: 29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)

(c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD.  Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  Please give credit to author.

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