Last Sunday, during the prayer time Paul Berry was inspired by the scripture (Luke’s account of Jesus’ proclaiming the word in the synagogue in Nazareth) and the sermon to share this story from his youth. When he was in the 9th grade, a small, Jewish boy in his class announced that he was going into Manhattan to demonstrate with striking sanitation workers. While his parents did not tell him he could not go, his mother asked him, “Why? Where did you learn this sort of activism?” The boy looked at her, a little surprised, then responded, “From you, and from our tradition.” Like Jesus, this boy was paying attention when the word of God was proclaimed and he heard its call to action. Thanks to Paul for this excellent midrash on the text and the proclamation.
This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday. The texts are from Exodus – Moses comes down from the mountain, after his encounter with God, and his face shone so brightly, the people couldn’t stand to look at it; and Luke – Jesus takes some of the disciples up on the mountain, where he converses with Moses and Elijah and is himself transformed into a dazzling figure. God tells the people that Moses is the chosen one, the one to lead them from slavery to freedom, from servitude to a land of promise. God tells the disciples that Jesus is the Chosen One, God’s beloved Son. In each case the observers are urged to listen to these chosen ones and to follow. What does it mean for us to listn, to pay attention to the One who speaks from shrouded mystery and those that would lead us in paths of righteousness, of goodness, justice, compassion and peace?
In this last Sunday before our Lent, we look toward a season of contemplation and discernment, a time for learning to walk in the dark. I pray that it will an enlivening time for each of us.
In Adult Spiritual Formation, we will continue to explore “Saving Jesus Redux,” focusing again on the question of “Who Was Jesus?”
Join us Sunday at 10:00 AM for worship, study and the sharing of community. Bring someone along share in the experiences of the day.
Together, let us strive…to know God’s love!