The Parish of Larkhill/Whitehall/Santry is a community of two Church buildings;

the Church of the Holy Child & the Chapel of Blessed Margaret Ball

each different but both visible expressions of God’s presence among us

and our response as God's people in worship and service.


Vision for our Parish

 "A family of God's people  

reaching out to all,

encouraging and enabling all,

 to become good people as God is good."







Newsletter 1st March 2015

The Transfiguration

 A Glimpse of the Glory


Why was Our Lord transfigured on the mountain? And why bring the three apostles with him!

 The first reason that suggests itself has to do with Peter.  A very significant encounter had taken place between Jesus and Peter in a place called Caesarea Philippi (Mt 16:13-20). 

 People generally, it seems, thought that Jesus was one of the prophets who had come back  -  nothing very new  in himself, just a reincarnation of the old.  ‘But you,’ he said to his disciples, ‘who do you say I am?’ (Mt 16:16).  The answer that came from Peter was startling:  ‘You are the Christ,’ he said, ‘the Son of the living God’ (Mt 16:17).  We can imagine a silence then  -  a silence that held, the kind of silence that senses history, a silence that acknowledges faith.  What Peter had just said was nothing short of momentous.  He had just expressed faith in Jesus as the Messiah.  He was the first of the disciples, according to Matthew’s account of things, ever to do so, in such a clear cut way!

 Jesus wanted to sustain this faith in Peter’s heart and in the hearts of the disciples.  He did it first in words: ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man!   Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in Heaven’ (Mt 16:17).  He did it the second time in action on top of the mountain.  Verbal confirmation first, visual confirmation later.  What he had seen in faith, Peter would now see with his own eyes, if only for a little while.  So would James and John.  Jesus moved swiftly  -  in ‘six days’ according to Matthew  -  to confirm in the Transfiguration what Peter had said (Mt 17:1). 

The second reason that suggests itself has to do with Peter again.  And the other disciples as well.  One thing for which none of them was prepared was the notion that Jesus would have to suffer and die.  God knows they ought to have been prepared, because immediately after Peter’s confession at Caesarea Philippi, Our Lord warned them about the cross that was to come.  He made it clear to them that he would have to go to Jerusalem… be put to death….and to be raised up on the third day’  (Mt16:21).  They were  not listening.  More than that they were not having it.  Peter was not having it anyway.  He as much as took Our Lord to task:  ‘Heaven preserve you Lord.  This must not happen to you’ (Mt 16:22).  If their unwillingness to accept his dying persisted  -  and Scripture  suggests that it did, as a source of great sadness anyway (Mt 17:23)  -  then the Transfiguration would be enormous help to them.  First of all, it would reinforce the message that Christ’s death must inevitably come.   Moses and Elijah would be ‘talking to Our Lord about the passing he was to accomplish in Jerusalem’ (Lk 9:31).  They would be confirming, as prophets themselves, what the prophets had always foretold.  But more important still, the Transfiguration of Christ, the glimpse of the glory there, would help to convince the disciples that this ‘passing’ was itself only a ‘passing thing’  -  the  death would not prevail (except as a redemptive force of course!);  the Resurrection would.


 The third reason that suggests itself has a lot to do with ourselves.  Peter, James & John saw the Transfiguration on the day.  We see it with hindsight.  It helped them to retain faith in Christ through his passion and crucifixion.  When he and they were at their lowest, they  remembered the heights.  Hopefully, even at this distance, it can help us to remember the heights as well.  There are all sorts of ways in which our own faith is tested.  It is nearly always tested by the randomness of illness or accident, the

arbitrary way in which someone we love is selected for slow death or sudden extinction.  Fate in these forms is no help to faith.  The biggest test of all is when we have to face, in our own lives, the reality of suffering and the prospect of dying.  There is a terrible tension between the fear we experience and the faith we profess.  When our faith is tested in these ways, the memory of the Transfiguration will probably not make much difference.  It does help though, when we are down and doubting, and more so when we are down and dreading, to feel that the Lord is God and that he is near.  The Transfiguration of Christ is some help to that knowing.  It is part of the jig-saw that adds up to faith.  If every little helps, then so does every insight.  The glimpse of the God in Christ was meant for more than three of us.  It was meant for all!    Fr. Joseph Cassidy






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