The Cathedral Connection – 6 August 2017

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We all have those moments. We look around us and are in awe of what we are seeing. Something that springs to mind is when we see a wonderful sunset. There is something about it that captivates us.

When a group of friends headed to the mountains with Jesus, they too were captivated by what they were seeing.

Often words are not enough to describe these moments. There is a deeper sense of knowing that something big is happening but we can’t quite explain it. And to try and explain it to someone who has not experienced it almost becomes nonsensical. In these moments we are transfigured.

The dictionary describes transfiguration as a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.”

It’s in moments like these that the junk in our lives suddenly looks different. We catch a glimpse of something impossible to put into words.

Jesus wanted to draw his friends into this experience sharing with them a reality that they would later come to understand and would enable them to get them through the tough times he knew were ahead.

Our story is the same as the Apostles. It is about getting through the tough times rather than being rescued from them. The disciples came to see Jesus as someone who could take away their fear. From expecting Jesus to be a revolutionary leader in the political sense their understanding was transfigured to see the “Kingdom” as a spiritual reality. Jesus travels with us, inviting us in the words of the liturgy to offer everything “through him, with him and in him.”

This gives us the hope and faith to continue being disciples of Jesus. Without that it would be too easy to give up.

With every blessing
Fiona Rammell
Lay Pastoral Leader

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