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It Feels Like God

His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light
Genesis 12:1-4; Psalms 33:4-5, 18-20,22; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 17:2

In the story "The Sword in the Stone," the author has God give all the little embryos the opportunity to choose any gift they would like to receive from Him. The tiger embryo asks for fangs. The badger asks for claws. Some ask for protective shells; others, wings to fly. The fish choose fins and the deer fleetness of foot. Finally, it is the human embryo's turn. He asks God only that he should be like Him -- made to image Him; to think like Him; to be creative like Him; to love like Him. He tells God that to journey across the waters, he'll make a boat; to fly, he'll make wings; for shelter, he will build his own house. God is greatly pleased by the request. He tells the little human embryo who has chosen to be shaped in the Divine image that he has done best of all. "Bless you," God says, as the first human embryo departs.

It has been humorously said that if God made man in his own image, then man has returned the favor. Much in the same vein, the Nineteenth Century politician John Bright once said something that perhaps rings truer today than ever. While criticizing an opponent he quipped, "Yes, he is a self-made man. And he worships his creator." But in the opposite way, as a community of Christians, because we worship the God of Infinite Love, we live not just for ourselves, but also for others. Because we worship the God of Infinite Love, our ego-centered existence is transformed into a God-centered life. And in this way, the image and the glory of God are reflected from the depths of our inner-most being.

In the Transfiguration event, which Matthew describes in today's Gospel Lesson, the image and the glory of God are reflected in and through the Lord Jesus. "His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light" Matthew tells us (Mt. 17:2). This episode took place on a mountaintop where Jesus and the Apostles, Peter, James and John, had gone for a prayer retreat. [...]

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