Ascensioncast
The True Self
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Ascensioncast

Sermon by The Rev. Brett P. Backus
“The True Self”
Sunday, August 6, 2017

“The true gift of God, the very point of the Christ, was not to be present and obtained, contained, observed, adored as something external, but that through Christ, all would be awakened to the truth of God’s presence within each of us. This is what Peter did not know, and this is the message which blesses us on this feast of the Transfiguration.” From The Rev. Brett P. Backus’ sermon on Sunday, August 6, 2017. To read the full text of this sermon, click here!

The Gospel: Luke 9:28-36

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.