Suddenly they saw him the way he was, the way he really was all the time, although they had never seen it before, the glory which blinds the everyday eye and so becomes invisible. This is how he was, radiant, brilliant, carrying joy like a flaming sun in his hands. This is the way he was -- is -- from the beginning, and we cannot bear it. So he manned himself, came manifest to us; and there on the mountain they saw
him, really saw him, saw his light. We all know that if we really see him we die. But isn't that what is required of us? Then Perhaps, we will see each other,
--Madeleine L’Engle, from The Irrational Season
This Sunday three moments of mystery and grace will come together; we will mark the end of our journey through the season of Epiphany, we will offer the sacrament of baptism, and we will celebrate the wonder of the story of the Transfiguration.
As we turn and listen to the words of Matthew (17:1-9), we will be transported to what Celtic spirituality describes as a “thin place” a moment when the clear distinction between “the now and the not yet” or the separation between heaven and earth becomes somewhat allusive and transparent inviting us to see or feel or hear the Divine more fully and clearly. In this particular story, we see Jesus unveiled, transformed, transfigured. His full identity, if only for a moment, and to a few, shines through in glory.
Just prior, the Disciples had been trying to really figure outJesus’ identity, and as is often the case, Jesus points to answers by using the rhetorical technique of posing more questions asking them: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter, ever the eager student, answers with: “You are the Christ, the Son of the
Living God.” Sounds pretty good, but as we read on we see he doesn’t quite understand the meaning of his words.
It is now six days later, and Jesus has taken Peter, James, and John up a different mountain where the questions of identity continue. We’ll explore the answers and the story as it unfolds together this Sunday. But in the meantime, the words above help get us ready for that part of our journey. I hear them as both a promise and a powerful invitation suggesting that facing into the Transfiguration is at least in part about opening our eyes to see again. Now is a time to notice who and what and how God’s love comes to us in unexpected, sometimes transfigured ways; on a mountain top or standing at the kitchen sink, out
in nature or in the workplace, in the quiet of the night or in the busy-ness of our lives. Perhaps, we too will learn to see in new ways.
Come home this Sunday and be fed at the Table of Love set for us each week. Come home also to welcome Ollis Henry Kelly “home”- as he will be sealed with the sign of God’s love and marked as Christ's own forever.
May you never forget that you are loved.
SUNDAY REMINDERS HOLY EUCHARIST at 8:00AM & 10:00AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST FOR ALL @ 9:00AM EVERY SUNDAY NURSERY (infant-Pre-K) is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway.
CHURCH SCHOOL is in session. School begins at 9:30 and children will join us for communion.
MIDDLE SCHOOL REMIX - today at 11:15 CHOIR PRACTICE today at
WEDNESDAY - HOLY EUCHARIST WITH INTERCESSORY PRAYER @ 10:30AM in Sanctuary
THANK YOU TO THOSE SUPPORTING THE BREAKFAST PROGRAM AT ST, ANDREW'S
event last Saturday. Over $10,000 raised went directly to feeding hungry people every day. .
CHECK OUT THE MANY LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES highlighted in Journey Notes.
ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes 10:30am & 7:00pm. What is Ash Wednesday and why do we celebrate it? Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season
of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Check out the Lenten Opportunities table in the front hallway for ways you can be preparing for Easter!