The Grace to See – Reflection for 6 August 2017
This morning, Bishop Orji ordained Marcus Tinajero, Barry Kowald, and Chizurum Madubuko Akpunonu as priests. It seems fitting to celebrate these ordinations on the same Sunday as we celebrate the Transfiguration.
In many respects, nothing really changed on that mountain. Jesus was the Son of God on the way up and on the way down. His mission and calling didn’t change. Even shining with the glory of God, He was who He always was. Yet, in other ways things changed greatly. By grace, Peter, James, and John were able to see Jesus as He truly is, as the Father sees Him. Jesus was strengthened and encouraged for the journey to Jerusalem and the cross.
Today, nothing really changed about Marcus, Barry, and Chizurum. They were beloved children of God on the way in and on the way out. Their calling to ministry within the church and the world didn’t change. Even standing when they were introduced for the first time as priests, they were loved by God as they always were. Yet, they were also changed greatly. In a special way, we were able to see them as they truly are, as the Father sees them and calls them. They were strengthened and encouraged for their service.
As we celebrate the Eucharist together today, in some ways nothing will change. Each of you is a beloved child of God on the way in and on the way out. Your calling to ministry within the church and the world won’t change. However, I pray that you will see yourself as you truly are, as the Father sees you. I pray that you will be strengthened and encouraged as you are nourished by the spiritual food. I pray that as Peter, James and John saw the power of God at work in Jesus on the mountain and as we saw the power of God at work in Marcus, Barry, and Chizurum at All Saints today, you will also see the power of God at work in and through yourself and one another.