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August 6, 2017: Opening our Eyes to God's Glory
This Sunday we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus, which all three of the synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) record and to which some scholars believe the Gospel of John alludes (see John 1:14). It is one of the few feasts of the church that “take precedence” on a Sunday (BCP p. 16). Clearly there is something very important about this celebration!

by Father Jadon

This Sunday we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus, which all three of the synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) record and to which some scholars believe the Gospel of John alludes (see John 1:14).  It is one of the few feasts of the church that “take precedence” on a Sunday (BCP p. 16).  Clearly there is something very important about this celebration!

For me, hearing the story of the Transfiguration causes me to wonder what new ways God is calling me to see or understand my faith and the revealing of God’s glory to the world. Over the last several weeks, as we have been considering the Brian McLaren book we are reading together this summer, we have been challenged to stretch ourselves in some particular ways. And while these are by no means the only ways to stretch ourselves and our faith and to see God differently, I hope they are causing you to think and pray deeply.

Over the last several weeks we have also engaged our creed differently by singing a creedal hymn instead of reciting the Nicene Creed.  I have heard from many that this has been a helpful way to reframe the creed and all that it says. Now that our summer musical festival is over we will take the opportunity to engage another ancient and historic creed, the Apostles Creed, which is the creed from which our Baptismal promises are actually taken. I’ve written a little more on the inside cover of the Sunday leaflet about this, but I hope it will be yet another way to hear and see God differently.

Finally, as was introduced last Sunday as we welcomed Joe Howell’s photography into our midst, many people have eye and heart-opening experiences when they travel. It’s a natural time to see differently and more deeply. One need not be on top of a mountain to have a mountaintop experience. As I am away these early weeks in August for rest and refreshment I know I will be reflecting upon myself and the world around me differently than I am able to when I am home . . . and looking intently for new visions of God’s glory.

Jadon Signature with Cross

Last Published: August 1, 2017 8:54 AM
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