Sunday Preview for February 26 from The Rev. Kaji Douša
This is a turning point week for us. In some parts of the world, it’s Carnivale! A time to celebrate, throw a big party, live free in the last days before the disciplines of Lent begin. So, in case it was not on your radar, Ash Wednesday is next week, March 1. That means that this last Sunday before Lent is the time we hold that last major Epiphany close – the Feast of the Transfiguration.
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’ – Matthew 17:1-9
Transfiguration – when Jesus changed before their very eyes – is a curious epiphany, or revelation, because it is so fantastical, almost divinely magical. It is a story that might challenge our friends who have a hard time with things that do not seem…reasonable.
What does this transformation mean for us? This is what we will explore in church on Sunday.
Then, please be sure to join us on Ash Wednesday. The Elders will offer ashes throughout the day on Wednesday, and then we will have a very special Gospel Ash Wednesday service at 7 pm led by our new Artist in Residence, Dr. Tony McNeill. Please be sure to join us for this important day.
See you in church.