Jesus is inviting each of us to see more deeply. To see abundance where there is scarcity, to see friend where there are enemies, to see community where there is estrangement, to see light even in the face of the deepest darkness.
In good times and bad, in happiness and sadness, in times of plenty and in times of little, God is God and, in the words of an old Negro Spiritual, “he don’t never change.”
The Transfiguration is the foretaste of glory divine that we carry with us as even as turn our faces towards Lent and share in the sufferings of Christ.
The Feast of the Holy Name... is the Feast that begins our year with hope and joy in the reality that we are connected to this messianic hope that God has come to save us.
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2.4 (NRSV) Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father, from Jesus Christ our … Continue reading Sermon: Beginning Again. Beginning Anew.
When we try to go it alone, when we make the sum-total of our spirituality about our own personal salvation, when we forget our radical, waterborne connection with one another we miss the whole point of Christianity altogether.
That is where I found Jesus and continue to find him again and again: in the space that is left when my strength or words fail in the face of such immense human suffering.
Patterns and familiarity are helpful connection points to God; and, God often moves beyond the boundaries of our well-worn paths.
Jesus teaches his disciples to pray thus because he knows that as sheep among wolves, they will need constant reminders of the shepherd.
God places the crown of this exalted vision above our heads, and we spend the rest of our lives striving to grow tall enough to wear it.