Newsletter for Sunday 16 March 2014

16 Mar

Journeying from our ‘pasts’ and being transfigured en route

We are into our second week of ‘training’.  With conscious intentionality we are striving to live better lives by commitment to prayer and to receiving Jesus’ love and life.  But as I said a couple of weeks ago, quoting the example of St Paul, it requires training and discipline, routine and determination.

Ours is a journey towards God and this journey presupposes a departure – a departure from the past.  The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you and I will make you a great nation;  I will bless you …’ (Gen 12:1) – which is what he did in more ways than one!  For Abram’s was also a departure from a sinful past – he had betrayed his wife three times! (Gen. 12:14; 16:4; 20:2) and lacked trust in God! (Gen 17:17).

Moses’ journey too involved a departure, a departure from a heinously sinful past – murder   (Ex 2:11) – towards a life-changing encounter with and vision of God.

Let’s leave our ‘pasts’ behind us and begin a new and adventurous journey into the unknown.  And, en route, in our desire to come into the Lord’s presence, we will reflect his glory in the same way that Moses reflected the glory of the Lord every time he went into God’s presence and as did Peter, James and John on the Mount of the Transfiguration as they beheld the splendour of the Lord. (cf Ex 3:4ff; 2 Cor 3:6ff; Mt 17:1-9).

“Lord, as we leave our “pasts” behind us,
enlighten our lives that we may reflect your glory”.

Fr. Philip Sainter

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