This Sunday is the Last Sunday of Epiphany, and this Sunday uses the story of Jesus' transfiguration (he and his clothes turn dazzling white and shine) on the mountain top when he talks with Moses and Elijah and as he does this, his disciples freak out. It's a wonderful and fascinating narrative. You can read the whole event below.
During the last four Sundays, we have looked at what a disciple is according to Jesus; the responsibilities of a disciple, being a disciple in your community and discipleship in the world. Jesus sets the standards very high - "you must be more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees." (from Matthew 5)
In the Gospel event for Sunday Jesus reunions with God in such a way that in his humanness within his divineness, he SHINES in his wholeness. Here is something I invite you to ponder. During these last weeks, you have heard the following from Matthew: "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." We, as children of God, are intimately/infinitely connected to God in God's unconditional love. Let YOUR light shine!
Let the light of God' Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of God's real Forgiveness shine in everything you do. Let the light of God's Love shine in everything you do. Live out the light of God as best you are able, as best you can and transform yourself and the world, make God real. Happy New Year! This is the second month of a new year with new possibilities and God active in it all. Blessings and peace be with you all!
See you in church,
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie