Newsletter- 18th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners

This weekend at all our Sunday Masses we keep the Feast of The Transfiguration of the Lord. Sometimes, without knowing it or even being aware of it, we can get locked into our own world and our particular situation. We can forget about or lose sight of the fact that we are part of a much bigger world.

In the gospel for today’s feast Jesus takes some of his friends away from the business of the village and marketplace. He invites them to travel with him as he makes his way up the mountain. This is not unusual. We know from the gospels that Jesus often went off by himself to pray. While they were there praying something wild and wonderful happened. Jesus was transfigured; he was changed. Imagine how surprised, shocked, and taken aback those with Jesus were. 

The Transfigurations gives us a brief and fleeting glimpse of Jesus in all his glory. It is a taste of what is to come. It is offered to us to encourage and challenge us in our daily lives. It reminds us that our lives are far more than what see, hear, and experience every day. It is not just a matter getting through the day. Being a follower of Jesus is about living with meaning, purpose, and hope. The Transfiguration not only offers us a glimpse of Jesus in all his glory, it also offers each of us a foretaste of what God promises each of us in the fullness of the Kingdom.

We may never experience anything as powerful as the Transfiguration. But every day in countless and seemingly small ways God does break into our world and our daily lives. Every time we experience a moment of peace, joy, reconciliation or forgiveness, God is with us. Every time that we reach out to help another person is a moment of transfiguration both for ourselves and for those we help. Each time somebody shows care and concern for us is a moment when God reaches out to us.

This week, let us open our hearts so that we may hear Jesus speaking to us. May we slow down and look for moments of small but important times of transfiguration in our own ordinary daily lives.

With my prayers for you and for your families during this holiday season,

Your parish priest and friend,

Fr Jonathan


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