I am greatly indebted to a book by Ross Parmenter, The Awakened Eye, published in 1968 by Wesleyan University Press. The author coordinates for the general reader the thinking on vision of eye scientists, artists, psychologists, and religious visionaries. I recommend it to the preacher. It pointed me to a way of understanding the transfiguration not as something that happened to Jesus, but as an experience of transfigured seeing on the part of the disciples as they saw Jesus through the prism of the resurrection and the transfigured seeing that was part of that experience.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.