When we think about our lives, we hope that our future will be one that takes us forward into growth, change and new opportunities. Much of life is directed towards hope. I think our Gospel reading this morning, is a story about what we hope for.
A sermon on hope, love, the transfiguration of Christ and the meaning of baptism. Delivered by Asst Curate Revd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer at the All age Communion service on Sunday 3rd March 2019 (Sunday next before Lent).
Readings: Exodus 34.29-end; 2 Corinthians 3:12- 4.2; Luke 9 28-36 [37-43a]
We hope for love from God and we hope to share God’s love with each other. And Jesus makes that possible. Jesus is like God’s token of love, for us to hold onto. When we see Jesus on the mountain with Moses and Elijah, what God is showing us, is that we matter so much to God, that God will break through the fabric of the universe, to bring us God’s message of love…..A baptism is declaration and a reminder of this love.
Baptism, like the transfiguration, brings a bit of heaven to Earth, to remind us what we look forward to and hope for, the gift of love from God, in Christ.