I still have no idea what season it is. (Meteorologically. I’m good liturgically.) I’ve worn this outfit in real winter (well, real Austin winter) before, but this go ’round was just muggy and drizzly. My goal this week is to squeeze as much life out of my favorite cold-weather outfits as I can!
Skirt and shoes: Old Navy
Earrings: graduation pearls
I like this outfit because it’s incredibly easy to put together, it looks elegant without feeling like Super Fancy Times, and it lets me wear black on black without feeling too somber. I wanted to work in some purple, but I also wanted to be on time for church. Time won.
I also gave you a close-up of the sweet tuxedo stripe this skirt has. And look: pockets! Real pockets! Front and back! I happened not to need them, but I am so glad when I have them.
We had Fr. Pastor for the first time in a long time. I had to prepare my brain to listen for themes in a much longer homily than Fr. Associate Pastor’s ever are! He began by explaining that the Transfiguration occurs on a mountaintop because mountains are places of significant encounters with God’s presence. Like Peter, James, and John, both Moses and Elijah are remembered for their mountaintop experiences. (Side note: Bishop Barron’s “Priest, Prophet, King” series has a great session describing Elijah’s mountaintop moment.) I think he stuck with just those two because they’re the ones who appear in the gospel, although I would have appreciated a shout-out to the other key covenants in salvation history.
He went on to say that the apostles in particular experience a cloud, dazzling brightness, and a loud voice, which are also symbols of the presence of God throughout Scripture. Abram experiences those plus fire in the first reading; that occurred to me as Fr. Pastor was preaching.
He further made note of a “grammatical twist” in St. Paul’s letter that our citizenship is in heaven, not “will be.” That seems less like grammar to me and more like highlighting the “already but not yet” of the Transfiguration and the Abrahamic covenant. Abram received the promise way back in Genesis 15, but it wasn’t fulfilled until after the Resurrection. Jesus appeared in glory briefly on Mt. Tabor, but he wasn’t fully glorified until his Ascension (and the apostles didn’t understand it on Tabor, anyway). We live in anticipation of the glory of heaven since we’re not in heaven quite yet. We can bring a little bit of heaven to Earth, though. Grace helps with that.
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