Archive for February, 2020

The story of the transfiguration is filled with some amazing details. The story begins with Jesus taking three of his disciples on a high mountain.  That in itself signals something big is about to happen.  Think of some of the mountain-top experiences that preceded the transfiguration.  Noah’s Ark landed on Mt. Ararat.  Moses received the law amidst cloud and thunder on the top of Mount Sinai.  Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal in a fiery show of divine power on Mount Carmel.  And Mount Zion in Jerusalem became the home of the temple where God’s presence was made known.   Mountaintops provide some awesome experiences. (more…)

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In our Gospel today Jesus says he has not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.  Sometimes I wish he would have just gone ahead and gotten rid of the law.  Because living under the law is terrifying and exhausting.   The law is always judging us, evaluating us, measuring our progress and productivity.  It makes us feel inadequate and like we have never done enough and what we’ve done is never good enough. We all live under the expectations that the law demands and punishments that it threatens. (more…)

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