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In the Transfiguration story, Peter was dazzled by the vision of Jesus’ face and clothing, and the appearance of Elijah and Moses with Jesus on that mountain top. Peter wanted to memorialize the event by building booths. But Jesus did not even acknowledge the offer. Memorializing was not what Jesus wanted when he invited Peter, James and John to join him that day. Jesus needed to empower these disciples who still thought of him as a rabbi, a teacher. He needed to empower them for their future work as leaders of the church.
In our Gospel lesson today, there are a few examples of living a fulfilling life. Jesus healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law from being bed-ridden with a fever. When the fever left her, she immediately began to serve Jesus and the four disciples he brought with him. I think she must have been a Martha-type of person. She was fulfilled by being of service to people.
This was the annual visit of our bishop, the Right Reverend Mary Gray-Reeves, and the confirmation of two Confirmands, a Leave-taking for Rod Sato, Commissioning of new vestry members, elected at the Jan 25 Annual General Meeting.
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