Monday, August 15, 2011

Mary the mother of Jesus

may the faith, courage and presence of Mary the mother of Jesus shape us today... 

for more on Mary see Luke 1.26-56
photo by Misako

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

where to be on Holy Island?

I've just been asked where to go and what to do on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Here's what I suggested. If you know the island what might you add?

• go to morning eucharist in the island parish church
• spend time in the parish church with the wooden statue of Cuthbert's monks carrying his coffin
• visit St Cuthbert's island at low tide (below the parish church)
• walk round the east/northeast shore of the island
• spend time bird-watching from the hide at the lake on the east side
• visit the book shop at the Open Gate retreat (Community of Aidan and Hilda)
• be in the garden for prayer near to Open Gate (see pic)
• and give attention to the small things…

Friday, August 05, 2011

Transfiguration: you are full of light...

The feast of the Transfiguration. This is a great day. There's a lot going on in this event - here's some brief reflections from my journey with it...

In a dazzling moment on the mountain God is revealed as Trinity: the Father's voice, Jesus the Son transfigured, the Spirit presence in the cloud. 

Jesus is revealed as the Christ - the 'Small Epiphany' after the great Epiphany of the Baptism of Jesus. He is still human, earthy, one of us - but he is also revealed to be divine, limitless, full of light and love. And so too Transfiguration - deep change towards light and love - is revealed as a possibility in us and in the world. 

But this is not just about us changing for the better (as important as that is). The Transfiguration reveals our true reality and destiny. For a moment our own humanity is broken open, and we glimpse our at-oneness with God, what theologians call our 'deification' and what St Peter described as 'an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading.' (2 Peter 1.4). You and I are full of divine light and love...

Transfiguration icon written by Jyrki Pouta / 
Transfiguration Gospel accounts: Matthew 17. 1-13  Mark 9. 2-8  Luke 9. 28-36