Transform us as you transfigured, stood apart on Tabors’s height. Lead us up our sacred mountains, search us with revealing light. Lift us from where we have fallen, Full of questions, filled with fright.
These are the words of a hymn which we sang at our Cathedral this weekend, for the Second Sunday of Lent. The words were written by David Haas in his Song of the Transfiguration.
I have finally made it to my desk on this Sunday evening, partly due to my lack of motivation to do so, and also because of our viewing of the program on the ABC about ten years on from the Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria in 2009.
On this very hot summer’s day which is known as Australia Day, I remain inside at my desk and begin the year with this first message to you. I do not wish to enter into the dialogue/debate around Australia Day but will share with you the reading from Isaiah (32:15-18), for this day. Each year when this is read I am touched by its beauty, relevance and meaning for us as a people of God in this place.