When Life Changes – A Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9

Listen to him. Be raised up. Do not be afraid. What if those words are holy wisdom for times of change? What if they are the means by which we step into our own transfiguration? Maybe it wasn’t Jesus who changed on the mountaintop. Maybe it was Peter, James, and John. Maybe their eyes were opened and their seeing changed, so that everywhere they looked they saw “Jesus himself alone.” Maybe they saw Jesus for the first time as he had always been.

An Eye for Beauty – A Sermon on Luke 9:28-43

Luke 9:28-43 When have you recently experienced beauty? What are some of your most beautiful experiences? Before you answer let me explain what I am asking. I am not asking when you saw something you thought was beautiful. I am…

Sermons and Reflections on the Transfiguration of Jesus

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus is August 6. The account of Jesus' transfiguration is found in Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; and Luke 9:28-36. What about the gospel according to John? Why does John not record the event? There is…

The Contradiction of Life Veiled and Unveiled

The older I get the more aware I become of how my life, my way of being, is filled with contradictions. It is neither all darkness nor all light. It is both at the same time. I have said things I…

Behold What Your Are, Become What You See – A Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration, Luke 9:28-36

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Transfiguration may be found here. The following sermon is based on Luke 9:28-36. Most of us, I suspect, at some point each day, look in a mirror. We check our hair,…

When Pictures Become Windows – A Sermon on the Transfiguration, Mark 9:2-9

On the Last Sunday after Epiphany we hear the story of the transfiguration. The collect and readings may be found here. The following sermon is based on St. Mark's account of the transfiguration, Mark 9:2-9. There are times in our…

The Feast of the Transfiguration

The Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated on a fixed date, August 6. The transfiguration of Jesus is a visible image of theosis. In his homily on the transfiguration St. John of Damascus says, “What was human became divine, and what…

Face to Face Moments – A Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9, The Last Sunday After the Epiphany

The collect and readings for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 17:1-9. Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a…

Thin Places, Veils, and Transfiguration

Yesterday was the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. The collect and readings for the day may be found here. The appointed gospel was Luke 9:28-43: 28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and…

The Feast of St. Gregory Palamas

Today, November 14, is the Feast of St. Gregory Palamas, monk, archbishop, and eminent theologian. He dedicated most of his active life to theological argument focused on one central truth: The living God is accessible to personal experience because he…

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