Transfiguration, Change, Matthew 17:1-9, Sermon, Last Sunday after the Epiphany

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

Sermon, Transfiguration of Christ, Luke 9:28-43, Luke 9:28-36, Luke 9:37-43, Beauty

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 not asking about physical beauty, the outward appearance of people or things. I’m asking about moments and situations in which you experienced and participated in … Continue reading An Eye for Beauty – A Sermon on Luke 9:28-43

Icon of the Transfiguration of Jesus

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 a sense in which St. John presents Jesus as transfigured throughout the entire gospel account. In the Episcopal Church the Feast of the Transfiguration is … Continue reading Sermons and Reflections on the Transfiguration of Jesus

The Contradiction of Life Veiled and Unveiled

Picture of a veiled girl
Source: D Sharon Pruitt

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 wish I could take back, made decisions I regret, and done things that don’t reflect who I want to be. In the darkness of what I have said, decided, and done, however, a glimmer of light always shines, illuminating what could have been and holding out hope for what can still be.

I suspect each of you could say similar things about your life. Contradictions seem to be part of the human condition. One moment we are kind and gentle and the next harsh and mean spirited. We are filled with compassion for one person and indifferent to another. The contradictions of our life are revealed in those moments when we say, “I don’t know what came over me. I’m just not myself today.” They are the cause of sleepless nights, hurt feelings, and the reason we confess our sins each week. They lie at the heart of all the times we’ve said, “I should’ve, could’ve, or would’ve.” Continue reading “The Contradiction of Life Veiled and Unveiled”

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, our makeup, our teeth, our clothes. Mirrors show us what we look like. While it might be important to know what we look like, it’s … Continue reading Behold What Your Are, Become What You See – A Sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration, Luke 9:28-36

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 lives when we look around and wonder, “Is this all there is?” Sometimes it’s just a passing question, other times it’s for a season. We … Continue reading When Pictures Become Windows – A Sermon on the Transfiguration, Mark 9:2-9

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 was divine human by mode of exchange and unconfused mutual coinherence and the strictest hypostatic union.” Jesus did not, however, become something new, something he … Continue reading The Feast of the Transfiguration

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 high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there … Continue reading Face to Face Moments – A Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9, The Last Sunday After the Epiphany

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 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 … Continue reading Thin Places, Veils, and Transfiguration

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 shared his own life with humanity. He taught that humanity’s true knowledge of God comes about through the transfiguration of humanity by the Spirit of … Continue reading The Feast of St. Gregory Palamas