Peter is tempted to stay on the mountain. As we face our own culture’s tendencies towards addiction, consumerism, and other temptations to stay on top—what can we learn from the Transfiguration story? How did Peter get up there in the first place? And, as getting down is harder than going up—how can we “listen to him” guide us too—towards the ordinary places in which God waits for us?
Humans have always loved epic stories because our everyday lives can feel like the opposite. The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ invites us to recast that whole idea.
What do we do with those weird apocalyptic, end of the world monologues from Jesus? It makes us feel uncomfortable and weird. But how did Jesus’ disciples feel when they first heard it? Our Gospel passage today is about two signs of the end times. But for once in their lives, the disciples don’t feel awkward. Rather, they respond with a quiet confidence and assurance. How come? And what can we learn from them?
Have you ever been deceived? Who hasn’t? In today’s gospel reading Jesus warns that false Christs and prophets will surely appear and attempt to lure his disciples away. There seems to be no end today to false hopes and false direction. How is the Christian to respond? How are we to be prepared? Join Fr. David Thompson as he considers these words of caution against Counterfeit Christs.
To be God's child is different than being (merely) his creature---it means we can talk with him, and we can love each other in the fullest sense of love. It also contains a promise that there is something in us now that we don't understand, something that will appear when Jesus himself appears at the End.
Surveying the land of today's confusing culture, Bishop Anthony Burton ruminates on the weeds sown among the wheat. The Lord of the harvest will sort it all out, and our deeply rooted parish continues to be cultivated for the work of Christ.
Candlemas, which comes 40 days after Christmas, happens on a Sunday once every so often. It celebrates what Luke’s Gospel describes when the 40-day old baby Jesus is presented in the Temple by his parents, and the elderly Simeon and Anna burst into song at seeing the Light of God enter the Temple. And that’s what we need to remember. That God is Light, and in his light enlightens all our darkness. But why a 40-day old baby?
When Mary & Joseph offer simple obedience, God’s glory breaks out. How can that happen in our own lives?