All Saints Messenger - February 23, 2017

posted Feb 27, 2017, 12:40 PM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday. We have Jesus, Peter, James and John up on the mountain and something miraculous happens.

It starts out innocently enough. A stroll up the mountain with Jesus. But then company comes. Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah. What a sight that must have been! Moses, representing the law; Elijah, representing the prophets; and Jesus, representing the fulfillment of both. I'm sensing a theme in the image of mountains in this week's readings. Moses' face on Mt. Sinai outwardly reflects God's glory. On this mountain, Jesus' face radiates God's glory from within. His divine nature is revealed. Here once again on a mountain God shows up in a cloud that both terrifies and elicits worship. It is on a mountain that God's voice gives authority to the Ten Commandments. It is on a mountain that God's voice gives authority to Jesus' words. "Listen to him," we are told. 

Sometimes I find myself dwelling on how I would have acted had I been on that mountain? Would I have cowered, would I have rejoiced, would I have felt unworthy? Reality is that all are one time or another. We all have mountaintop experiences, but we also experience life's valleys. Isn't it nice to know Jesus meets us in both places?

Father, thank you for being a God of not only mountains, but of valleys as well. Wherever we find ourselves, we thank you that you meet us where we are. Amen.

See ya Sunday,

Fr. Gary+