Jesus would have none of it

Most summer Sundays, Bishop Steve Lane may be found visiting one of the 18 summer chapels along the coast of Maine. On August 6 he gathered with the people of Holy Trinity on Peaks Island for the Feast of the Transfiguration.

In his sermon he had this, in part, to say:

If the events on Mt Tabor have any truth in them at all, then Jesus of Nazareth is revealed as holding the power of God: the light of truth, the well of forgiveness, and the sword of justice. In him the fulness of God resides; the God who created the universe from nothing and sustains it with his Spirit; the God who gives each of us the ability to be transfigured and transformed into the likeness of Christ.

Yet this power is not simply to be admired and worshiped. It is to be used for the benefit of others. And here, I think, is the sticking point for the disciples and for us. The disciples believed that closeness to such power should benefit them, should give them some exceptional place and status, should lift them up. They wanted to sit at the right hand of power, to be the viziers of omnipotence.

But Jesus would have none of it. He would not let Peter build a shrine. He would not let them stay on the mountain. He did not encourage them to share what they had seen. He went down the mountain and used his power to heal a young boy. And he taught his disciples that the greatest among them should be as a little child.

Read it all here.

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  1. Thank you Bp. Lane for this message. I never really pondered why it was that Peter wanted to build the dwellings. I skimmed over it as a task-oriented response when facing the unfathomable mystery of God’s awe. Your insight helped me to see the connection about the necessary descent following the transfiguration.

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