Mountain Top Experiences
The Gospel story this morning is about Jesus going to the mountain and being transformed. You see the picture there, it’s a special moment, where the very presence of the Living God, captures the top of the mountain, and that space becomes holy ground. A place where time and space are redefined, because they are not limited to the laws of this world.
It is God who is the creator, and God is what I refer to as the ground of all being. The science of metaphysics has enlightened us that things are not what we thought they were 10-20 years ago. The laws of Quantum physics tell us that things are not always what we perceive them to be, but are more complicated and majestic in how things are structured and connected.
Yes, we follow the rules of time and space, but in this special time on this mountain-top, Jesus is transformed into the bright light of Gods Glory. And appearing with him is Moses, representing the Law and Elijah representing the Prophets, and the Apostles, Peter, James and John representing the age of the church which we also represent, and with them in the center of things is the Living Word. Jesus.
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, a beginning and ending that is beyond time and space. At that special moment we read about an encounter with God’s presence that is indescribable, beyond comprehension, but not beyond appreciation, and not beyond our access or experience.
Wait a minute, you might be saying: Wait that is just way too spiritual for me Father Dave. I disagree! “No it’s not”. Where you live, the life you live, the liturgy of your life, the way you order your mornings, the way you order the structure of your day, your leisure, work, social time, your rising up in the morning and going to bed in the evening. This is called the liturgy of life.
Beloved, God is in our midst. Whenever you don’t even know that, God is there, and wants to be involved in every area of your life. The everyday practical things become holy. The natural things become supernatural. The affairs of the day, the limited time becomes transcendent, the boring things can take on more importance and interest.
There’s a book entitled Practicing the Presence, written by Brother Lawrence. It’s about a Christian monk that his time to be with God in prayer was when he was doing dishes in the monastery where he lived. During his chores as the community dishwasher, this chore became his special time to enjoy the presence of God. This became his holy place, his special place to meet with God. All of us can find these times if we look for them, times that we will value as sacred. Times where we can say that in this time we find that we know God better, and God knows us better.
Liturgy isn’t just how how we do our church at church services. It’s what happens every day of our life. Liturgy is the way we live our life every day. Liturgy is defined as “the work of the people”. You cannot get more practical than this.
This is Gods holy Ground, and you, my brothers and sisters are God’s holy people.