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The Bulletin Insert Sunday 7th February, 2016 Transfiguration “Changed Into Christ’s Image”

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert       Sunday 7th February 2016

Changed Into Christ’s Image

“All of us…are being transformed…” [2 Corinthians 3:18]

 

Nobody is immune to struggle. There may be times we feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges, but it’s important to realise that we have choices about how we deal with overwhelm. We may choose to be like the disciples – to fall asleep, or find other ways to avoid discomfort or pain. But the transfiguration story we encounter this week offers us a different way to handle what threatens us.

Firstly, we are invited to meet with God in a new way, and be filled with hope and courage as we reflect on the glory of the incarnate Christ – God with us.

Secondly, we are invited to open ourselves to our own transfiguration – to be transformed and changed – remoulded into the people God calls us to be – and so reflect God’s glory through who we are in the world.

Embracing God’s glory carries a burden and a cost. Christ knew this, yet he embraced the cross willingly. It may mean the suffering of staying awake, sharpening our wits, meeting our challenges head on rather than evade them.

As we encounter the transfigured Christ this week, may we be challenged to resist taking the easy path of quick fixes, and simple solutions. May we set our minds on the journey we are all called to make – towards the goal of real transformation – in our relationships, our finances, our health, our community’s greater good, as we become just a little more like Jesus, and so play our small but vital part in transforming our world.

Exodus 34:29-35   The Shining Face of Moses

29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32Afterwards all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

 

2Corinthians 3: 12 – 4: 2

12 Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

41Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

 

Luke 9: 28-36     The Transfiguration

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.