Going Deeper 2/28/2019

The second reading for Epiphany 8...
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2   Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside.  But their minds were hardened.  Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside.  Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.  Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.  We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God's word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

I bet many of you can guess which verse I am going to focus on... "And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit."  I have been focusing a whole lot on transformation for some time now.  And as this is an ongoing process throughout our life-long journey, we need to keep focusing on it.

What is of vital importance is recognizing what is at the heart of the transformative process: the "freedom" that comes from our connection with the "Spirit of the Lord."  There are veils that we continue to have over our eyes-- sin and weakness that keep us from fully understanding and experiencing the glory of God's grace and mercy...  "only in Christ is it set aside."  We all continue to have some paradigms that need shifting, and some sin that needs sifting.

But we can grow in grace and in knowledge.  We can be changed from " one degree of glory to another."  This is something we must pursue.  God will not force it upon us.  "Sanctification" is the theological terms for what we have been calling "transformation."  To "sanctify" means to wash and to be made clean.  In our Baptism, God washes our guilt away... which is all God's doing.  In living the "baptismal life" we continue in the power of the Holy Spirit to become more and more like the image of God revealed in Christ.  In this we must be partakers, we must be seekers.

May the Spirit of the Lord continue to inspire and empower us in our commitment to growth.

Seeking with You,
Mark

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