Daily Archives: Sunday, 3 February, 2008

A glimpse of our destiny

Sermon for the Transfiguration of the Lord

Matthew 17.1-9

Today we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Some people have said to me, “Why do we have the Transfiguration every year?” (Good question!—though no one ever asks why we have Christmas and Easter every year. I suspect that’s got something to do with getting Christmas presents and Easter eggs, and having public holidays! If we got gifts for Transfiguration, or at least a long weekend for the Day of the Transfiguration, we might not ask that question.) 

So, why do we have the Transfiguration every year? It’s simple really: We have the Transfiguration of the Lord every year because it is such an important episode in the life of Jesus. It’s more important than we’ve generally allowed it to be. It’s important enough that you’ll find it in each of the first three gospels. It was a time of strengthening for Jesus before he went to Jerusalem to face the cross, which is why we remember it today, the last Sunday before Lent. It is too important for us to forget it.

It’s also one of only two times that the voice of God directly says, “This is my beloved Son.” The other is at Jesus’ baptism. 

It’s a strange story. Jesus hand picks three disciples, goes up to a mountain, and then the disciples see him with Moses and Elijah, two of the great heroes of the Old Testament. They see his face shining like the sun, and they hear a voice from heaven which says, “This is my beloved Son.” Not Moses. Not Elijah. Jesus is God’s only Son.

Whatever the disciples expected, it was most certainly not this. 

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Churches’ radical plan for cheap rental housing

This is a great move! From The Age:  

CHURCHES plan to free up city properties and huge tracts of land throughout Victoria for inexpensive housing in a dramatic move to combat the deepening home-affordability crisis.

Church-run charities say prime land worth hundreds of millions of dollars, some of which has sat idle under church governance for more than a century, should be used to develop affordable rental homes for the state’s most needy.   

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