The transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain is both awe-inspiring and mystifying. Peter has just confessed of Jesus as the Messiah. Moses and Elijah show up. Peter wants to build booths. The disciples have an odd question about Elijah afterwards. Exploring all these elements, we find there is both great glory and great comfort to be found in these verses.
Jesus' question to Peter is one of the most important ones that can be asked, because our faith is not just in an abstract concept like salvation or atonement, not just in a good idea, but in a Person: the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said that what comes out of a person is what defiles them. Reflecting on this, we realise that we are all infected by sin. We are called to be ready to admit this and entrust ourselves to the mercy of our Saviour.
We reflect on faith on the basis of these intertwined healings. Jesus says insists that the bleeding woman emerge from the anonymity of the crowd, commends her faith, and sets her free. This might well be the first time in twelve years someone treated her as an individual to be cherished rather than an unclean problem to be avoided or solved.
In this sermon Michael preaches on one of the most poignant Psalms of the Bible. Psalm 22: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me... Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish... My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.