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Last Sunday’s gospel was Matthew 17:1-9, the Transfiguration of Jesus. Peter, James, and John had an incredible experience of Jesus’ Transfiguration and the appearance of Moses and Elijah, all of which took place on a mountain.  Many sermons on this text focus on “mountaintop experiences,” experiences in our lives which are inspiring and/or life-changing, and that can bring new and profound understanding and insights. Also examined in sermons is the experience of returning to normal life after one of these “mountaintop experiences.” Our seminarian preached a good sermon that covered these points.

Last week I returned from Big Event 4.0 – a continuing education cruise arranged by the women at RevGalBlogPals. BE 4 was an opportunity to spend time with old friends and make new ones, learn from the stories of one another and from our moderator Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, and of course rest and relax in the sun. It was an amazing experience, and in many ways a mountaintop experience (although ocean-top experience is more technically correct in this case).

Today is Ash Wednesday, and the first day of Lent. I find last Sunday’s gospel to be especially appropriate for where I find myself today. I’ve come down from the mountain, (disembarked the ship), and returned home. It is the end of one journey, and now the beginning of another – Lent.

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