Into the Luminous Darkness: A Reflection on Matthew 17.1-9

On the eastern side of Vancouver Island there’s a stretch of highway that cuts across a local summit. At this highest point, the forest suddenly breaks away, revealing a stunning vista: On a sunny day, you can see across the fertile green of the Saanich Peninsula, past the Gulf Islands, all the way to Mount … Continue reading Into the Luminous Darkness: A Reflection on Matthew 17.1-9

Transfigured Lives: A Reflection on Luke 9.28-36 and 2 Corinthians 3.12-4.2

Today marks the last Sunday before the start of Lent. It’s therefore also the end of a wonderfully leisurely season after Epiphany (because a late Easter has given us two extra weeks before Lent this year). Today also marks the fourth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, an event which has further destabilized a … Continue reading Transfigured Lives: A Reflection on Luke 9.28-36 and 2 Corinthians 3.12-4.2

Hearts Unveiled

We're at the point in the liturgical year when the calendar is moving very quickly. Over just the past ten weeks or so we've zoomed through the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, and we're now just three days before the start of Lent. And, in those churches which follow the common lectionary, that means … Continue reading Hearts Unveiled

Fear and Trembling: A Reflection on the Feast of the Transfiguration

Today is the great and holy feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. It is one of my very favorite celebrations of the Christian year. Last year I wrote about how and why the Transfiguration is at the centre of Eastern Christian spirituality. And when the story came up again in the lectionary at the … Continue reading Fear and Trembling: A Reflection on the Feast of the Transfiguration

Jars of Clay (A Reflection on the Transfiguration)

“Behold, now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation, a divine, new and eternal day, not measured in hours, never lengthening or shortening, uninterrupted by night. For us it is the day of the Sun of righteousness, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning!” These words are from the introduction … Continue reading Jars of Clay (A Reflection on the Transfiguration)