It Came to Pass | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

08.5.22 | Community, International, Pulpit Posts, World

This Saturday, August 6, is the Feast of the Transfiguration. This might be confusing to those of you who remember that we also talked about the Transfiguration back in February. The gospel reading for the last Sunday of the season of Epiphany is always one of the stories of the Transfiguration in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. But we also celebrate this amazing event every year on August 6. It is such a remarkable story that perhaps it’s good that we have two invitations every year to reflect on it!

You likely remember the outline of the story: Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain to pray, and when they arrive, everything shifts. Jesus’ appearance changes and his clothes become brilliantly white ― a sign of the glory of God. Two figures appear as well, Moses and Elijah, deep in conversation with Jesus. A cloud descends upon them all, and a voice booms, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” And then, just as suddenly as everything changed, everything goes back to normal.

Peter’s response to these stunning events is to want to prolong them, at least until God’s thundering voice terrifies him! He tells Jesus that he and the other disciples can build some shelters to protect Jesus and Moses and Elijah. It is such a human response to an amazing experience, to want to keep it going as long as possible. But no matter how hard we try, so many events in our lives, from the most wonderful to the most horrific, are time-limited. As a former rector of mine was fond of saying, “The Bible said ‘it came to pass,’ not ‘it came to stay!’”

This reminder of the impermanence of life may be useful to meditate on this month, as we enjoy many end-of-summer experiences. We want to hold on to the juiciness of perfectly-ripe fruit, the vibrancy of an August sunset, the exhilaration of a swim in the ocean, the cooling shade of the trees in full leaf, the slow pace of a summer weekend. But although they all “come to pass,” none of them come to stay. And soon enough we’ll have the brilliance of autumn leaves and the refreshing briskness of sweater weather to revel in.

So I invite you to enjoy the little and big experiences of summer right now, and not worry about holding on to them. May you trust that more enjoyable events will come your way in their good time!

Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson

Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson

THE LATEST

Stay current on activity at the Soup Kitchen, guest stories, thoughts from Clergy, news and events.

Subscribe to receive the latest news, events, volunteer opportunities, and more — right to your inbox.

Church of the Holy Apostles

We are an open, inclusive Christian Church celebrating in the Episcopal tradition.

Sunday Service is held 11AM (on site and via livestream). Weekday services are held on Zoom.

LEARN MORE

For Newcomers

Learn about our faith community and explore ways to connect with our work and worship.

Sermons

Reflections on Holy Scripture from our Clergy.

History

Founded in 1844, with a focus on social activism and the desire for social justice.

Clergy, Staff & Vestry

The Vestry is the governing body of the Church of the Holy Apostles.

MUSIC

Music commands a strong presence at the Church of the Holy Apostles.

Space Rental

Host your next meeting or event in our landmark building.

Soup Kitchen & Pantry

Nourishing hungry New Yorkers since 1982 in an atmosphere of respect and hospitality.

LEARN MORE
Daily meal service

Serving a free, nutritious meal every weekday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Meal outreach

Distributing bagged breakfasts and lunches throughout Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

About the soup kitchen

Learn more about our mission, our history, our performance, who we are, and what we do.

Pantry Program

Providing fresh and nutritious groceries to food-insecure New Yorkers.

Sunday Supper

Bridging generations and building community over a monthly family style meal.

Social Support

Meeting basic needs, stabilizing lives, and supporting individuals and families to achieve their goals.

LEARN MORE
SOCIAL SERVICES

Addressing the needs of the whole person through basic needs, counseling, and referrals.

Classes

Offering learning and skill-building opportunities.

Community Partnership

Partnering with others to expand the services offered to our guests.

Get Involved

Holy Apostles is a great place to channel your time, talents and generosity for good.

LEARN MORE
Volunteer

Make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and hunger.

Partner

Join our efforts to serve others and provide for people who are vulnerable.

Donate

Your gift provides food, community, and hope to New Yorkers in need.

The Latest

Stay up-to-date on all happenings at Holy Apostles.

VIEW ALL
Food For The Soul

The official blog of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

Voices of Our Community

Guest stories, poetry, and more.

EVENTS

See our calendar of events.

Church Pulpit Posts

Read weekly meditations written by our clergy.

Newsroom

Holy Apostles in the news.