by Sr Fidelis
This past Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration, which is the “namesake” feast for our Church. The interior stone lintel over the main church doors, has always been one of my most favorite carvings because of the language expressed in the bodies and on the faces of the three disciples. The three have been cast to the stony ground by the sheer magnitude of seeing Jesus in his transfigured state. What must it have been like? Peter appears caught between his spontaneous offer to make three booths, and hearing the booming authority of the Father’s voice. James’ visage portrays overwhelming terror, and John is pictured in a moment of reverence and love. Jesus strictly charged them to tell no one about this event until after his resurrection. I found myself wondering if that was difficult for them. Did their experience come back to mind during difficult times? Did it sustain them through the crucifixion? I believe that Jesus intervenes in our lives with small transfiguration moments – tailor-made for each one of us. We are humbled by a new knowledge of who God is, and who we are – small, afraid, full of awe in the face of such a majesty.
by Artist Eye
Saint Augustine talks a lot about how God created everything out of nothing by just speaking, by having a conversation. He writes: “unto the Word co-eternal with you, you at once and forever say all that you say, and whatever you say shall be made, is made…”
On Sunday we celebrated the Feast of The Transfiguration. In summing up the plot of the story in his sermon, the Minister said that the disciples went up the mountain and talked with God. It sounded so simple: they showed up and they heard from God.
Me, I work hard at trying to listen; nose to the grindstone, ear to the ground, straining at the bit to catch a snatch of the song on the wind…. But those fishermen were just in the right place at the right time, they were just keeping the right company and wham! They heard directly from the Creator who speaks and it is so…
This past Sunday, alongside many Christians around the globe, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. Once again I found comfort in this 5th century prayer etched into our church’s cornerstone: Whoever you are who seek Christ, raise your eyes on high. The prayer continues on to proclaim that those who seek “will be allowed to see a sign of eternal glory”. This week, as we celebrate this glorious event in our Lord’s life, it is not hard to look out and see a very needy world. Singing this prayer at Vespers over the weekend, it is my hope and prayer that all of us, whoever we may be, might take a moment to look up; and in so doing, truly catch a blessing of God’s glory.