The three Gospels all mention the Transfiguration event that took
place on Mount Hermon. (Luke 9. 28-36, Matt 17. 1-8, Mark 9. 2-8) The
Transfiguration simply means change. We celebrate the Transfiguration on the 6th of August. Change took place this weekend. We all can agree that something great took place this past weekend. We were all changed.
We had the mountain top experience. We encountered the Triune God,Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We experienced the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit revealed gifts people have in this parish. From the planning of
the event to its execution, it flowed like a running stream. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. You have changed, I have changed, the way we view our relationship with God and with each other is for ever
changed. As parish priest what came through to me was that I am being called to
encourage ministries to flourish, to create enabling environment in the parish
that would allow people to thrive under God. My role as a Parish Priest after
this mountain top experience, is that of a facilitator who will encourage the
participation of all, and to ultimately build a parish that is lay centred with
its Parish Priest being the facilitator or the one who draws people to serve the
one true God. Last weekend will for a long time remain in our memories as an
event that changed or gave birth to a new awareness of God. When we celebrate
this anniversary year after year, we now have a measuring stick of how far we
have travelled with God since we experienced this awesome change.
I am excited as your Parish Priest about what has happened, and what we
are seeing today and the immeasurable possibilities that await us in the
future. The voice that spoke on Mount Hermon, “this is my beloved Son, listen to him”, is
the same voice that spoke to us and continues to speak to us today! We are tolisten to Jesus his son and to discern where the Holy Spirit is nudging us togo as a parish and individuals. Last weekend was an awesome weekend, and like the disciples, I would have loved to remain on the mountain top, but ministry takes place at the bottom of the mountain too and this is the place where God is asking us to use the gifts we have, and those that have been bestowed to us to extend the Kingdom of God.
Fr. Barnabas Nqindi
My name is Barnabas Sibusiso Nqindi, rector of St Barnabas-Bluff. I enjoy a good debate and I love to see people grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ