Rather than (for example) Abraham or Isaiah?
… we have yet to tackle that most interesting question of why it was Moses and Elijah that appeared with our Lord, rather than (for example) Abraham or Isaiah. As we will see, the answer to this question will greatly aid us in entering more deeply into the mystery of Lent.
Given that today’s Gospel focuses on the Transfiguration, this is a really helpful post by Fr Jeremy:
The story of the Transfiguration, given us during the season of Lent, teaches us something important about life and also about God. Life is ultimately a process of falling. We may kid ourselves to the contrary but anyone who is ill, is looking after a sick relative, has lost their job, is grief stricken, feels terrible guilt or is deeply lonely will tell you, falling is inevitable. We all experience it at various times in our lives and ultimately succumb to it in death. But while falling is inevitable, the manner in which we fall is a matter of free choice. We can choose to accept and paradoxically gain strength from falling, seeing it as a grace into the life of God “who emptied himself and took on the condition of a slave” (Phil 2:7) or we can be bitter and resentful, which is the more common reaction. For those who have faith, God gives us little glimpses of heaven as we fall. The Transfiguration was one such glimpse for the disciples on their way to Jerusalem and Christ’s passion. We, too, are offered glimpses of heaven by God in the tenderness and care of other faithful people and in the sacramental life of the Church.
Our falling does not end in oblivion, but rather in the loving embrace of God. However, the way in which we fall will reveal to ourselves and others the depth of our faith. So let us always give thanks for the little signs of encouragement God gives us on our journey to death and resurrection. They are signs of his goodness and of our final destination.
Courtesy of the folk at the University of Reading:
Do all roads lead to Rome? Award winning model offers world’s most up to date glimpse of ancient city.
University of Reading students, schoolchildren, and members of the public have been enjoying learning about Rome’s history through a new digital model of the ancient city.
The new 3D fly-through digital model, the only of its kind developed in the UK and due for completion later this year, will offer scholars unprecedented opportunities to reconstruct key events in the history of the imperial capital.
The model is the concept of Dr Matthew Nicholls from the University of Reading’s Department of Classics. Although originally designed as a teaching tool, the model’s commercial potential was highlighted when it received the runner’s-up prize in a regional competition for university business spin-off ideas.
When complete, the model will show the whole city of Rome (c.AD 315.) and cover an area of about 1370 hectares, with thousands of buildings, houses, shops, temples, baths, stadiums and streets on display. AD 315. saw Rome ruled by the emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor. His reign was at the height of the imperial city’s splendour, when almost all of the great civic buildings had been constructed and before the decline of the empire…