The Rev'd Gregory C. Syler

Yes, you *were* on the mountain - remembering that God showed up, even in some 'little' ways. Sermon on The Feast of the Transfiguration, Sunday 6 August 2017

By: The Rev'd Gregory C. Syler

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Feast of the Transfiguration is a wonderful story about how God shows up.  But it's a "little story," Fr. Greg said, not a big story.  It's not like Christmas or Easter, not like Pentecost or Ascension.  Those stories are big stories -- undeniable, transformative, unmistakable.  Whatever happened on that night Jesus brough Peter, James and John up that hill was something of a mystery, and indeed the moment slipped away just as quickly as it was getting started.  Instead of making this story about us -- as Fr. Greg confesses, that's been his go-to Transfiguration sermon in the past -- we would do well to let this story be about God, just like these parables we've enjoyed the past three weeks in the lectionary.  So what does the Transfiguration tell us about God?  Three things:  (1) God shows up; (2) God shows up in the 'little ways'; and (3) You may not remember that God showed up until you've come down from the mountaintop experience, just like the disciples of old.  You *were* on that "mountain" and you've likely been there more than you realize.  To remember that moment, even if it was merely a small and 'little' encounter, is what it means to be a faithful disciple of the Risen Lord!


The Feast of the Transfiguration    Sermon from Sunday, 6 August 2017

  • Exodus 34:29-35
  • Psalm 99:5-9
  • Luke 9:28-36

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