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All His Ministers

Then Peter said to Jesus, 'Lord, how good that we are here!'
Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon Topic Ministry

Sermon Week Second Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 17:4


Peter, James and John saw a mysterious but glorious vision of the Lord on the Mount of Transfiguration. The light cast by this vision was intense-"dazzling as the sun the Sacred Author writes. But that's all we know about it. There are no photographs, no eyewitness drawings. Artists' conceptions on canvas and spiritual writers' word pictures in books are strictly out of their own imaginations so we'll never know what it really was like up on that hill when Jesus "was transfigured before their eyes." But we do know that Jesus and the disciples didn't stay up there, despite Peter's desire to do just that. We know that Jesus denied Peter's request and led the disciples down the mountainside and back to the city and to the people because there was a work to be done. Today's Gospel Lesson, therefore, calls us down from our spiritual ivory towers to where the people are because there is a work still to be done. Today's Lesson is a Lesson in ministry.

To perform the Church's ministry, different roles are required of different people. The ordained ministry is a special calling to perform in a special way. You must remember, however, that if you belong to Jesus Christ in any way, to any degree at all, you become His minister. You have your own ministerial role to perform. There is a distinction in roles between clergy and laity, but it falls within the broad context of all of us being in the service of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Himself said that He came not to be ministered unto but to minister; not to be served but to serve. We understand Him as the "Man for Others" in this sense. What we don't seem to understand is that if anyone came to Him to be His disciple He immediately began to prepare that person for some form of ministry. Two by two He was sending them out: first the twelve, then the seventy, then others-full time. What we do, many of us, is come to Jesus Christ to take from Him what we can. We [...]

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