Sunday February 25: Transfiguration Always and Everywhere

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  • Sunday February 25: Transfiguration Always and Everywhere
    • Posted by pbegeman on February 23, 2024 at 6:54 pm #142226


      1. Spend time doing life-lectio on one or more of your own mountaintop experiences, those moments when God swept through your life, or whispered into the ear of your heart, in such a way that life changed irrevocably. You somehow died to a former way of living, or thinking, or being with others, and accepted an invitation to a new life. Even if your path from that point on wasn’t always a straight one, you still have that mountain-moment to return to, not as a static dwelling of brick and mortar, but as a living vision that continues to grow with you, that in fact grows you. How does it aid your journey now?
      1. What God does in one life, God does in every life, although in many and varied ways. Choose at least one moment in this coming week when you will be with other people, and move intentionally into the scene with the desire to create a welcoming and safe space for them, making no comparisons and renouncing all competition. Recognize that in them the same God who is creating and re-creating you, is also accomplishing this process in them. Transfiguration is always going on! How does this change the way you are with them? Can you journal this?

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    • Posted by Susan Kenney on February 25, 2024 at 11:51 am #142263

      It was December 22, 2001. I had returned to California after 30 years and I was looking for a parish. I had been without a parish since 1970 when I walked away. Each week I tried another church, but there was no energy in any of them. Then I walked into,St Francis church in Midtown and started shivering and crying. “I think this is it.”  Whenever I get caught up in my dissatisfaction with the institutional church, I remember that moment and trust that what I knew that day remains true, that there remains a community of faith that I can trust. I was reminded of this yesterday when I gathered with other parishioners to celebrate the life of a long time member. We sang familiar songs, shared memories and expressed our gratitude for one another as we share the journey of faith.  There are moments – big and small – that help along the way.

    • Posted by Thomas Lloyd on February 25, 2024 at 6:47 pm #142269

      I guess of all the readings in scripture this would be one of the iconic ones for me when I think about the Contemplative Outreach community. For me it is always going up the mountain with Jesus, Peter, James and John. When Eileen and I visited the Holy Land many years ago, we actually climbed the very mountain. It was more like a hill. When we got to the top there was a beautiful chapel and a beautiful view from Mt. Tabor as you could see for miles around because the terrain was so flat. As we move up the mountain in silence every day and come to the top each has a different experience because God treats each of us differently. To some God gives more grace than others but to each of us God gives enough grace. I am grateful for the little grace I am given. It is enough! I know others are given more grace because they deserve it. And they will do more with it than me. God knows that for sure! So whether you have literally climbed Mt. Tabor as Eillen and I or whether you do it spiritually, it makes no difference to God. Jesus looks into our souls and acts accordingly. He always does what is good and perfect for each one of us. He does what is necessary to get us to Heaven. All we have to do is ask and accept His invitation to climb with Peter, James and John. And He leaves you wondering why He did not allow the Apostles to build the three tents.

    • Posted by linda rhead on February 29, 2024 at 10:50 pm #142506

      This week, as I encountered various persons/groups of people, and was present to God’s action creating and re-creating us all, I was surprised by how much differently I responded. Calmer, more grounded, not reactive at all. Yet, only when purposely paying attention. Note to self: pay attention more. <3 linda

    • Posted by Adeline Behm on March 1, 2024 at 10:15 pm #142515

      An awareness check this week of significant mountain top experiences some of the most profound have been the one on Mount Tabor. Yes one was experienced physically at this place; many others reconnected me at times of darkness, of lostness, distractedness, great awareness. What lingers, is the sense of beloved-ness when I wasn’t even aware of this; that of incarnational  beloved-ness; that “God is working in the lives”, those others, co-partners in the same endeavor. This week I spend more C.P. time wrapped up in the dazzling moment itself. Only I didn’t know it at the time. I have been profoundly touched, consenting to the presence and action of (******!!!!*****   ). I sense this burst of a little flame from each of my fingers; each one,  a name of someone in my life .

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