The Gospel yesterday was about the Transfiguration of Jesus. The Sunday before Lent begins always is. Epiphany starts with starlight that the Magi follow and this light grows in intensity until we are blinded like the disciples on the Mount.
Thus blinded and struck dumb by the voice from the cloud, we are commanded to listen to Jesus.
Listen. This is a word for Lent. Listen with your ears. Listen with your heart. Listen to the children. Listen to the silent ones. Listen to those who never stop talking. Listen to yourself.
God tells Elijah to go out of the cave and wait so he can see God. You know the story. God was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. God was in the still, small voice, the sheer silence. It was thus that Elijah heard God.
Listening, really listening is more than hearing the sound of words. It’s more than saying, “What I heard you say was….” If I learn to listen this Lent, I will have to ………….
St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region.
St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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