Kerdh; The Cornish for Journey.

Reading material to stimulate the mind, inspire the heart and bring hope to the soul.

Kerdh; The Cornish for Journey.

Reading material to stimulate the mind, inspire the heart and bring hope to the soul.

Sermon on the transfiguration on Valentine's Day

Our lives have defining moments and religion is very good and marking these moments, baptism, weddings, funerals; but there are so many other markers on the way to. Degree, hip replacement and other less definable moments. If we look back at our lvies, what are these moments. If we have experienced a nirvana moment when all seemed crystal clear, as if life for just one moment all made sense. Then what, it is all very well finding enlightenment at the end of our lives but what if we find it, can’t grasp it and then have to continue living. That is the essence, as I see it behind this story of the transfiguration. This is a story for us e normal people who like the disciples actually have to continue living or lives. Let us look at the story, the disciples who believed and yet did not fully understand the enormity of it all. Us. And then they ha e this experience on top of a mountain, unbelievable, Peter not knowing what to do, like all of us immediately wanted to make a shrine, a place of honour, a mark to be remembered, a place which could be worshipped. Because we all want a physical representation of our faith, it enables us to focus on something. This is of course where the more catholic Anglicans among us are, and others it is of course the bible, but still it is a physical representation, something we can see of a faith that is so unseen. In All three of the synoptic gospels in which this story occurs this wanting to make a shrine is seen as a negative thing, because all three state that Peter did not really know what he was saying. It was an impulsive reaction, one can Imagine that he was over excited. In Matthew and Mark Jesus orders the disciples not to tell anyone what they had seen , though in this version by Luke we are just told that they kept silent. Some how I can't see it, that they would just keep silent having been obviously so excited, I think the Mark and Matthean version is probably more accurate, and of course Mark was one source for the writer of Luke. So they want to talk about it but are told not to. So what do they so- they have recognised that Jesus is the Christ they want to tell the world by building three shrines, and yet they can't. How similar is that to us? When suddenly we find meaning in our religion, when suddenly things fall into place and we develop our faith, the faith that cannot be shaken, the faith that is the kernel of our very essence- we have that moment which we just want to share, because we know that people would want to hear about salvation. Except of course, others don't- they are not ready, and some of Jesus disciples were not ready- it was only Peter James and John. And they were told to keep a lid on it, maybe because Jesus knew that others weren't ready to hear that Moses and Elijah were meeting with Jesus. After all not long after this event, when they were filled with the spirit, they were told they must be drunk. And we would get the same response, we do, we are considered irrelevant, what we believe in is blamed for the worlds wars, people look at our weaknesses and mistakes the times we get it wrong and use that as an excuse; as if we pretend to be perfect. But we don't suggest we are, we know we are not, that is why we are here, let us face it for an hour a week our community is a safer place because we are all in here. So society is not ready and yet we have this amazing good news like Peter James and John had, what do we do? What did they do? They quietly carried on, sometimes getting it right and sometimes getting it so blazingly wrong, particularly in Peter’s case. And it is as simple as that. Peter in his letters we get to see that he continuously wrestled with everything. And in his struggle he grew closer to God, he looked to develop his own self, he supported the other disciples and together they looked to help the poor and the marginalised. These are the principles behind the Church EzraHub app which we pioneered last year. It is about loving oneself so we can love each other and then love others whom we do not know. To walk in someone else shoes, we need first to able to walk comfortably in our own, to understand who we are and to therefore grow to understand others. Journey, pilgrimage dominates the scriptures, from Abraham and Jacob, to Joseph and Moses, Naaman and David, Solomon. All journeyed, footwear is important. Our lives are synonymous with pilgrimage and therefore the importance of the symbolism of footwear is important. So to walk a mile in other shoes, is so powerful, to swap our lives for someone else’ is love, and that is why the shrines on the mountain 2000 years ago could not be built, we are not called to standstill but to move on continuously; getting it right and getting it wrong but always moving, never settling on a nirvana moment because we have the rest of our own lives and the support to give for the rest of everyone else’s lives to get on with.