On the "eve" of Lent (2017), the Church invites us to consider the Transfiguration of Jesus, the awesome happening atop a high mountain-perhaps Mount Tabor, as claimed by different Church Fathers. The Transfiguration is a momentary glimpse, in Christ's body, of glory. "Peter and his companions...saw his glory" (Luke 9:32).
But, what is this "glory", one may ask? Glory is the radiance of divine love, the overflow of divine love. "God is love" (I John 4:8). And the love that God is radiates; the love that God is cannot be contained. Jesus, for a moment, allows the glory that indwells his soul, to radiate in his body, glory that is otherwise withheld during his earthly pilgrimage so that, amongst other things, he might know what it is to feel pain.
Why is this important and helpful as we embark on our Lenten journey? Well, perhaps, so that we know, as we seek the Lord, in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, what is happening deep inside our persons. God's love overflows for us. We are in the process of being transfigured-deep within ourselves. We do not always realize it for our entanglement in the "stuff" of daily life. But, it is true and real, and, when our faith is stronger, we are more certain of it. And, the more we desire it, the more deeply God's love can transfigure us.
Something glorious is indeed happening deep in our persons. Let us dare to believe and to hope...
Yours in our Lord,
From the desk of the Rector