Evening Prayer: Eve of the Transfiguration of the Lord

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Psalm: 84
Old Testament: 1 Kings 19:1-12
New Testament: 2 Cor 3:1-9;18

The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, ā€˜Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.ā€™ He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. (1 Kings 19:7-8)

When most people read this passage from Kings, the focus is usually on the fact that God is present in the silence. That is all well and good…and an important excerpt for understanding God…but I find myself drawn to the angel’s words.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I place a big emphasis on santification and theosis in my writing and preaching.

But where do we get the strength to be transformed? Who gives us the insights to change our lives inside out and upside down? The angel reminds us tonight that all of these things come from God Himself.

Nothing we ever do comes strictly from our own efforts….but with the help and love of the One who made us so that:

All of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor 3:18a)

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast on which we see Christ as He truly is….I pray that God will remove the scales from our eyes…..to lift the veils of our own bias and ignorance…of our laziness and apathy….so that we can travel up the mountain to be see God’s glory in all creation; and make our way back down to bring that vision and life to those who are in darkness and lost in despair.

Praise to the Holy Trinity who gives us everything we need :). Amen, Alleluia! +

Morning Prayer: April 2nd

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Psalms: 87, 90
Old Testament: Jeremiah 13:1-11
New Testament: Romans 6:12-23

The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

A large portion of Romans is dedicated to the question: “Now that we are saved, how do we act?” Paul wants to dissuade new Christians from continuing in sin and immoral behaviour, and–above all–he wants to avoid the idea that people can continue living lives of debauchery, while being given eternal life.

For Paul, the internal state of grace and thanksgiving was to be reflected in outward behaviour, and in the sanctification of the body.

In last night’s post, I talked about the idea of redemption……of being bought back from the devil. One of the implications of that outlook is that our bodies are now longer our own. We are, literally, the property of Christ.

This is a difficult concept in a culture which points so much emphasis on individual freedom…..but it can also give a picture of ourselves which provides hope. If God is indeed directing our bodies through the power of the Holy Spirit, why would we want to go astray??? If we are living into our baptismal covenant, there is reason to believe that God will change the world in and through us.

Slowly but surely, through faith and hard work, the Kingdom will be brought to fruition, and all of creation will rejoice in peace, unity, and concord. +

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