When the disciples first begin to follow Jesus, they don't know exactly who he is and what his mission is all about. It's as if they see him through a glass darkly- blurry and indistinct. It's only after his resurrection that the picture comes into focus and the disciples finally see Jesus as the Eternal Word of God made Flesh. There are, however, individual moments on their journey with the Lord when they catch small glimpses or insights into his true identity. Today's reading from Luke's Gospel is all about one such moment of special revelation. While three of Jesus' closest disciples are praying with him on a mountaintop, they see their Lord transfigured, engulfed in the glory of God. Today, we'll take a closer look at this story.
During her visit with her cousin Elizabeth, the pregnant Mary bursts into song: “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” Mary sings, “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Right from the opening words of the first stanza, we learn that this is a joyful song of praise— Mary is praising God. But why, exactly? And how is that relevant to us? Those are the two questions that I’m going to touch on over the course of the next few minutes as we take a deeper look at the Magnificat.
It is in God’s character to show mercy. Jesus— as God in the flesh— perfectly manifests this aspect of God’s character. He does so in our gospel story (Luke 17:11-19) by restoring ten leapers who implore him for healing. However, out of the ten leapers who receive the gift of healing, only one of them returns to give thanks to Jesus. What can we learn from this one, Samaritan leaper about the importance of gratitude? This is what Coralie explores in her sermon today.