Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—August 6, 2015
August 6 is a day for remembering. In the Church, we mark the Feast of the Transfiguration, when Jesus went up the mountain to pray, and was transfigured, appearing with Moses and Elijah, dazzling white before the eyes of his disciples. The disciples were amazed and terrified, but began the process of understanding who Jesus was and what his presence meant for them and for the world. They, in their own way, were also transfigured.
This is also the day when, 70 years ago, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. A second atomic bomb would be dropped three days later on Nagasaki. The power unleashed on that day changed our world forever in both possibility and responsibility. A transfiguration of a very different kind.
We are in day 4 of Vacation Bible School. The theme for today is Forgiveness, and the bible story is the story of Jesus’ betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection, as it appears in the Gospel of Luke. Peter denied Jesus three times, but was forgiven and became the ‘rock’ on which the Church was founded. Two criminals were crucified with Jesus. One mocked him, but the other asked to be remembered by Jesus when he came into his Kingdom. To that one Jesus said, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” Transfiguration.
Let us pray:
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,