Weekly Reflections

Below you will find the most recent Weekly Reflection from the clergy with a link to the week's readings.

February 14th, 2021

Last Sunday After the Epiphany, Year B


The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken.

 

“For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians

 

How powerful these words are! The light of Christ dawning in our own hearts is in keeping with God’s act of giving light to the world in Creation. Within each one of us is a world being formed and shaped by God. The formlessness, the chaos, and the darkness that God shaped at the beginning, may be formed and held and made beautiful within us by this same God. And, what chance does the darkness have against such a God as this? 

 

This light that bursts forth in our hearts was revealed once on a high mountain. Jesus took Peter and James and John up the mountain, and he was transfigured – made dazzlingly white. Elijah and Moses appeared beside him and conversed with him. A cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” And, then they were suddenly left alone with only Jesus.

 

Our world has long been skeptical of miracles like this one. We analyze them and allegorize them, and we often learn a lot by doing so. But, every now and then it’s okay to let ourselves be swept up by them. Is there anything in this story that is more miraculous than the appearance of Christ’s light in the darkness of our own selves? Why do we believe at all? What stirs in us that makes us kneel down and worship? This is itself a miracle. Grace upon grace. Light shining out of the darkness, which we ourselves could never create.

 

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is the Feast of the Transfiguration. We hear the story of this event every year. This year let’s get a little swept up by it. Let’s hear thunder in that voice from the cloud. As our Psalm reminds us, “The Lord, the God of gods, has spoken.”