Grace and peace to you – at least in Chuckatuck March isn’t coming in like a lion, cold but not blustery (yet). We pray that those who hear this aren’t under the weather (so to speak). We know that there are portions of our community and nation that are in trouble with snow, rain, and winds. Yet today, as we bring Epiphany to a close, there is much to rejoice in our midst: newcomers, 9-month olds in Church, and the infectious sound of little children’s laughter. Always a blessing.
Today was the Sunday often named Transfiguration Sunday (not to be confused with the Feast of the Transfiguration – which falls later in the liturgical calendar). We heard stories of Moses’ shining face and his having to hide his reflection of God’s presence in his life behind a veil – because Israel couldn’t handle being in God’s presence all the time (even though they are). We also heard the story of Jesus, Moses, and Elijah on the mountain and the transfiguration of Christ. We should realize that the transfiguration doesn’t change Jesus or his nature – it simply changes how his disciples (and us) perceive Jesus. We change in response to God’s revelation but our nature doesn’t change. May your Lenten journey help us find our true nature.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3;12-4:2; Luke 9:29-43a