When Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on Mount Tabor and allowed them to see His divine glory it was to prepare them for the scandal of the Cross that they would encounter when they came down the mountain. And He prepares us in much the same way. If we want to be able to remain faithful to Him as we serve Him in the disguise of the poor and those in need, we must first encounter Him in the intimacy of prayer, in the warmth of community life, in the reassuring light of scripture, and above all in the strength of the Sacraments, principally the Holy Eucharist.
This year also on this day is the 150 anniversary of the death of John Mason Neale. The great anglican theologian, ecclesiologist and translater and writer of over 200 hymns.
He and many of the tractarians sought to bring back light into a church that had become very dark, at great personal cost. Tomorrow I shall have the priviledge of Offering Mass at St Mary's Convent, Chiswick (A house of the Society of St Margaret which he founded) and then will make a pilgrimage to East Grinstead to his grave and to Sackville College where he was Warden.