EPIPHANY & ORDINARY TIME CONTEMPLATIONS
The experience of the magi reminds us that all who make the tedious journey to the truth will finally encounter it and be changed in the process. They can never go back to a “business as usual” way of life. When we meet Christ and see who he really is, we will never be the same – and only then can we hope to begin to share in his mission. – Thomas Rosica
Be not conformed to this world, Saint Paul says...for Christ’s coming runs counter to all human expectation, to all worldly calculation. It confounds our schemes and designs, as it must, for it is all about grace, God’s grace and our engagement with him. Christ’s coming opens out to us a new vision and a new perspective. He opens out to us the kingdom of God, the place of human perfection, and he opens out to us the form of our participation by grace in that kingdom. In no small measure, it has to do with our being taught.
Be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds, Saint Paul says. This, too, is a wonderful phrase. It signals the hope of transformation through our being changed and our being changed fundamentally in terms of our outlook, in terms of our thinking. This renewal of our minds requires our attentiveness to God’s revelation of himself, to the means of his engaging us through the words of Christ in the witness of the scriptures and through the sacrament of his body and blood, the revealed and given means of his being with us.
This renewal of our minds requires our turning away from “being conformed to the world.” Conformity, as something static and confining, contrasts with the dynamic of our being transformed by our attention to the high things of God unveiled in our midst. The vain pursuit of every passing fad and fancy afflicts contemporary culture and alienates us from the dynamic of God and thus from ourselves and one another. To be transformed means to attend to Christ in the places where his Word is proclaimed and his sacraments celebrated. Only so can we be what we behold in Christ. - David Curry
read the full sermon by David Curry https://thevalueofsparrows.com/2017/01/08/sermon-the-first-sunday-after-the-epiphany-by-david-curry/