The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 9:29-36
14 mins 51 secs
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What does the glory of God look like on a human face? When Moses went up to the mountain to speak with God, he came down with a face that was glowing with the reflected glory of God. It gave credence to his claim to be speaking God’s commands, but it was so frightening that he veiled his face. Jesus took three of his disciples up a mountain to pray, and his face changed and his clothes became dazzling white with the glory of God present in Jesus. Peter is so stunned, he makes random suggestions about building booths. The disciples are given a glimpse of the Kingdom of God. And we, who live post-ascension, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, should be transformed by gazing on the glory of the Lord.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 9:51-62
14 mins 17 secs
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This week, our readings are about following God into his mission --even when it is inconvenient, difficult or at odds with our plans. The Samaritan village doesn’t want to receive Jesus because his face is set for Jerusalem; they don’t like where he is going. Elijah throws his mantle on Elisha while he is plowing and watches to see his reaction to this call. Others want to follow Jesus, but on their own terms, in their own time. But when we choose to follow Christ, we choose to live by the Spirit and also to be guided by the Spirit into the ministry and mission to which God has called us.