WE NEED EACH OTHER, Archbishop David Moxon reminds us, as he reflects on the aftermath of the the Christchurch earthquake, speaking of the Christian vision of resurrection, a new Creation, and (albeit not in so many words) in the meantime, of transfiguration.

God in the rubble of Christchurch

“Is this an act of God?” a TV3 reporter asked as we stood amid the carnage of the February 22 earthquake. It was a genuine question, posed by many in the aftermath of disaster.

The answer, of course, is no …

… calamity strikes, shaking the very basis of our life together, – and people discover that they actually need each other.

Archbishop David Moxon – full article at God in the rubble / Common Life / News / Anglican Taonga

Thinking a great deal today about transfiguration has necessarily involved thinking about transformation. It’s an odd thing that it seems to require huge events (like a ‘Transfiguration’ on a ‘mountaintop’), or calamitous occurrences (like the earthquake in Christchurch) to bring us to our senses and remember our need of a proper understanding of God and of one another.

We can see something of transfiguration and of transformation in the concerned faces of those who rush to offer practical aid to others in times of emergency like these. And today I’ve seen something of transfiguration and of transformation in the dearly loved and courageous lives of personal friends, newly diagnosed with cancer. And in other lives, newly bereaved. The faces of people ‘transfigured’ – sometimes violently – by a renewed and deeper sense of their humanity.

Brought down to our knees by calamity, and sometimes – recognising “the presence of the Lord” – by overwhelming need to stay put, to “build tabernacles”, to hang around, both to ask questions and (even, in amazement, or grief) to praise, we do well to re-echo the words of the transfigured Jesus: “Arise. Do not be afraid”. And transformed, to pray for grace, to move onward, maybe downwards, maybe upwards, almost certainly sidewards, inwards and outwards to transfigure. To raise.