Weekly comment from the Clergy

The Eighth Sunday afterTrinity

6th August 2022 

Today (6th August), is the Feast of the Transfiguration. It celebrates the occasion when Jesus, on the mountain, appeared momentarily radiant in glory before Peter, James and John. Its significance is manifold but it's notable that it occurs at a turning point in the gospel when Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem to embrace the suffering of the cross. It's as if the Transfiguration is given as a reassurance, that in spite of all the horrors to follow, ultimately everything will be well.

In the world at large things are far from well. Environmental catastrophe, failing public services, the imminent hike in fuel prices, potential food shortages and global conflict are amongst a growing number of very serious issues we are faced with. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and the choice seems to be either that of yielding to bad news and being heavily burdened by it or, burying one's head in the sand and trying to ignore it altogether. Neither response is authentically Christian.

In the gospel appointed for tomorrow (Luke 12.32-40) Jesus says, Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. He spoke to people who were accounted of little significance in the world and whose prospects were negligible. I think of it as an instruction to keep faith and remain hopeful regardless of life's circumstances. Hope is not contingent on worldly events, on the prospect of things turning out OK. Hope is the knowledge of God's love and blessing, eternal realities which far exceed the transient realities of this world.

Certainly, Christians should engage with the challenges of the times but we shouldn't allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by them. To live in faith, hope and love, and to cultivate these gifts in one another in regular worship and fellowship is our God-given calling. It may seem little but a community of hope is a sign of Transfiguration in its own right, an invitation to share in the kingdom that is to come.

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Please see the notices on the attached Pew Sheet. There are a number of forthcoming events including the Parish Lunch this Tuesday, an opportunity to meet the Sudanese bishops after the Lambeth Conference and The Parish Barbecue on 4th September. On Sunday 14th August Holy Communion at 8am will be at all Saints' and there will be no Evensong that day. There will be no parish mailing for the next two weeks when I'm away but everything else will continue as normal with services being looked after by Sheila and Christopher.

Stay hopeful and may God's peace be with you,

Charles Booth

P.S. The  Pew Sheet and The Sunday Link can be found on the parish website www.stmarks-allsaints-westparley.org.uk


 

 


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