Transfiguration (Baptism of Isabelle Lyon)

In Christian teachings, the Transfiguration of Jesus is a pivotal moment. We talk about Jesus as God incarnate among us, something we particularly focus on at Christmas time. ‘Incarnate’ means that God has come to be with us, in the flesh as a human – our Lord Jesus. It is a most profound truth of our faith and in the Transfiguration we see a moment, for just a glimpse, where Jesus’ human nature and his God nature become visible to the disciples: the Transfiguration is the meeting place of the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, the conduit if you like, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth. It is a profound moment…

The disciples understandably are terrified and Peter blurts out about building shelters or tabernacles for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. He didn’t know what to say and so he went for what was familiar – little shelters or tents were a part of some of the most important Jewish festivals of worship and so Peter just goes with that! But Peter has placed Jesus on the same level as Moses and Elijah - "Let us put up three shelters one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah" and immediately the voice of God the Father corrects him and says; "This is my Son, whom I love, listen to him"… Peter remembers this moment when he looks back in his letter written to the churches many years later: “You will do well to be attentive to this, to listen to our Lord Jesus, as to a lamp shining in a dark place...”

Listen to him… and I think that’s not just listening to his voice, his words, his teaching but listen to Jesus’ life, listen to his self giving and his selfless love because this is listening to the very heart and soul of God….

The transfiguration is a profound moment in itself but it also indicates something equally profound in our daily lives….We have God momentsprofound sacred moments in our life when God touches us, breaks through the everyday with something that seems to come from ….the other, outside of us… I would suggest that everyone has sacred moments in their life whether they recognize it or not… where the divine, the light, the glory, the beauty, of God breaks through… it must be so, for God ‘speaks’ to each of us, not just to a few…

I remember a story told by one of the farmers up in the mid-north who lost just about everything in those devastating fires they had a couple of years ago... He tells of the day they fled their property; the house was about to go up in flames, the barn was ablaze and they had let the animals out to at least have a fighting chance of getting away from the fire. He remembers as they drove off, the chickens scattering in all directions and seeing one hen running back in to the barn which was well alight and he thought ‘what is that dopey hen doing?!’

When they returned everything was destroyed and a lot of the stock had gone too... and amidst the charred remains of the barn sat one hen on her box, a little singed but very much alive. She had gone back in to the barn to protect her unhatched eggs and in the next day or two the eggs hatched and the hen could be seen trotting among the ruins with 4 or so chickens trotting along behind her... The farmer told how they lost almost everything in that fire but seeing the miracle of that hen was a ‘God moment’ for their family. Amidst the despair and destruction it was like God was saying to them; I will be with you, you will get through this, there is life amidst the death and destruction

I have had God moments/sacred moments like that in my life, I am sure most of us have, but they also reflect God’s continuous presence with us daily. Christ with us in the good and the bad of our lives, in the pain and the joy… God’s love shining in Christ, a love in which we can always trust…

Isabelle: today your life is committed to that God who has come among us; to Jesus, who shows us the very heart of God …. God whom you can always trust because he is supreme good and supreme love and because he will be with you in the everyday…within you, around you, beside you… and always for you

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