Today we celebrate the patronal feast of our Parish, the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. When Jesus went up the mountain with Peter, James, and John, his divinity became manifest in a way that it usually was not. The experience apparently did not last long, but it was a profound moment of revelation (an epiphany) that I am sure the disciples never forgot. This was a moment of revelation when Jesus’ inner reality burst forth for them to see. They saw more deeply into him; they saw his full reality. In the Gospel story of the event, we hear of the Voice from the heavens that proclaimed that Jesus was “God’s Beloved,” and that his followers should “listen to him.” Peter, speaking no doubt for all of us, said, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here.”
This is a good day for us to celebrate the gift of Jesus, God’s Beloved, and to celebrate who we are because of Jesus, God’s Beloved. We, too, are God’s Beloved sons and daughters. It is so good that we are here, that we are a community of faith, able to share our faith and support one another on this journey.
Thank you for all you do to make this a vital and vibrant community. Each person is a gift; each brings something unique to our community of faith. May our inner reality of goodness also burst forth in our life together. It is indeed good that we are here.
As you hopefully know, we are now using a service called Flocknote that enables us to send emails and/or texts to parishioners. If you wish to receive them text good2Bhere to 84576. We took our joining phrase from Peter’s words today. Clever, huh?
I hope that you enjoy the parish picnic. It is just a nice time to celebrate and enjoy one another!