During this time between the feast of the Epiphany on January 6 and the feast of the Transfiguration, this year on March 3, we discover anew who Christ is, as he continues to be made “manifest” to the nations. What does it mean that he has come to change “water into wine” and to “preach good news” and to “set captives free”?
To follow Jesus as disciple is to commit oneself to contemplate these questions, for in some way the answers must give shape to our lives. “Who do you say that I am?” is the question that gives form to our faith lives, both individually and collectively.
As we gather around the means of grace – Word and Sacrament- we immerse ourselves in the process of living into the answer. Our liturgical worship has a rhythm that engages all our senses in opening our lives to be shaped by the witness of Jesus.
Gather the people. Tell the stories. Share the meal. Send them out.
The diverse community, with its variety of gifts and perspectives, teaches us what it means to listen, to forgive, to accept, to respect. The sacred stories engage our minds and hearts, as we break open God’s word and discover its message for our lives today. We come together to the altar of holy communion – the parade of saints/sinners – all in need of grace, to both heal and empower us. We close our celebration with the exhortation: Go in peace, to love and serve the LORD!
It is easy to allow worship to become an empty ritual, going through motions and prayers by rote, more obligation than celebration. Can we ask God to open our eyes and ears and hearts anew this season, that we might see the shining presence of Christ’s light among us- not only on Sunday morning, but daily? Weekly worship helps us remember who we are and whose we are. It is easy to forget.
You are God’s beloved child. With you, I am well-pleased. In this community of faith, I bathe you with love and feed you with courage. Sing your songs of new life and embrace a new vision for this broken world. Go, shine your Christ light, be a voice for peace and healing, be a doer of justice, help birth the Kingdom- now!
Blessings on the journey,