Scripture Notes – Sunday 28th February 2021

The Transfiguration (Patrick Pye)

A warm welcome to all to the second Sunday of Lent, 28 February 2021. The words at the centre of this Sunday’s gospel are: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

As we all know, really listening is not only hard work, it involves a spirituality, a kind of letting go. Mostly we listen “with our engine running”, waiting for a gap. Real listening means turning off “my engine” and attending fully, as fully as possible, to the other person. It is no accident that the core confession of Judaism begins in this way: Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! (Deuteronomy 6:4) In our deepest selves, we are all “hearers of the word,” as we listen to each other, to ourselves and to God.

The story of the Transfiguration, mysterious though it remains, is appealing to us. The story of the (non-)sacrifice of Isaac is, by contrast, deeply troubling, even though it lies behind much of the imagery and theology of the New Testament. Accordingly, in my Exploration video, the lion’s share is given to Genesis 22, in the hope that we may slowly appreciate why this passage has had and still has so much power.

The readings

Tarsus Scripture School 2021

Weaving the Tapestry of Death and New Life

The Holy Week/Easter programme is now ready for booking. All the details plus registration may be found at our new website: www.tarsusscriptureschool.ie. The focus is on the readings of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum to help us engage more deeply with the great events that give us new life in Christ.

  • “Behold my servant”: the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah (Jessie Rogers)
  • “And when I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself”: Easter in John(Sean Goan)
  • “Dying and raised to new life in Christ”: Salvation in Romans. (Kieran J. O’Mahony)

Some inspiration

Below are two reflections on the “sacrifice of Isaac”, one scholarly, the other musical.

Wishing you all every blessing, as we start our journey towards Easter.

Kieran O’Mahony OSA

 

The Transfiguration (Patrick Pye)

A warm welcome to all to the second Sunday of Lent, 28 February 2021. The words at the centre of this Sunday’s gospel are: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

As we all know, really listening is not only hard work, it involves a spirituality, a kind of letting go. Mostly we listen “with our engine running”, waiting for a gap. Real listening means turning off “my engine” and attending fully, as fully as possible, to the other person. It is no accident that the core confession of Judaism begins in this way: Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! (Deuteronomy 6:4) In our deepest selves, we are all “hearers of the word,” as we listen to each other, to ourselves and to God.

The story of the Transfiguration, mysterious though it remains, is appealing to us. The story of the (non-)sacrifice of Isaac is, by contrast, deeply troubling, even though it lies behind much of the imagery and theology of the New Testament. Accordingly, in my Exploration video, the lion’s share is given to Genesis 22, in the hope that we may slowly appreciate why this passage has had and still has so much power.

The readings

Tarsus Scripture School 2021

Weaving the Tapestry of Death and New Life

The Holy Week/Easter programme is now ready for booking. All the details plus registration may be found at our new website: www.tarsusscriptureschool.ie. The focus is on the readings of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum to help us engage more deeply with the great events that give us new life in Christ.

  • “Behold my servant”: the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah (Jessie Rogers)
  • “And when I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself”: Easter in John(Sean Goan)
  • “Dying and raised to new life in Christ”: Salvation in Romans. (Kieran J. O’Mahony)

Some inspiration

Below are two reflections on the “sacrifice of Isaac”, one scholarly, the other musical.

Wishing you all every blessing, as we start our journey towards Easter.

Kieran O’Mahony OSA

The Transfiguration (Patrick Pye)

A warm welcome to all to the second Sunday of Lent, 28 February 2021. The words at the centre of this Sunday’s gospel are: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

As we all know, really listening is not only hard work, it involves a spirituality, a kind of letting go. Mostly we listen “with our engine running”, waiting for a gap. Real listening means turning off “my engine” and attending fully, as fully as possible, to the other person. It is no accident that the core confession of Judaism begins in this way: Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! (Deuteronomy 6:4) In our deepest selves, we are all “hearers of the word,” as we listen to each other, to ourselves and to God.

The story of the Transfiguration, mysterious though it remains, is appealing to us. The story of the (non-)sacrifice of Isaac is, by contrast, deeply troubling, even though it lies behind much of the imagery and theology of the New Testament. Accordingly, in my Exploration video, the lion’s share is given to Genesis 22, in the hope that we may slowly appreciate why this passage has had and still has so much power.

The readings

Tarsus Scripture School 2021

Weaving the Tapestry of Death and New Life

The Holy Week/Easter programme is now ready for booking. All the details plus registration may be found at our new website: www.tarsusscriptureschool.ie. The focus is on the readings of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum to help us engage more deeply with the great events that give us new life in Christ.

  • “Behold my servant”: the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah (Jessie Rogers)
  • “And when I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself”: Easter in John(Sean Goan)
  • “Dying and raised to new life in Christ”: Salvation in Romans. (Kieran J. O’Mahony)

Some inspiration

Below are two reflections on the “sacrifice of Isaac”, one scholarly, the other musical.

Wishing you all every blessing, as we start our journey towards Easter.

Kieran O’Mahony OSA