Glory to Glory – a reflection for Fairtrade Fortnight Sunday next before Lent, 27 February 2022

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Luke 9:28-36

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‘Just a moment. It starts with a change so outwardly insignificant that no one would notice except the person behind you in the aisle. Just a moment when instead of seeing rows of labels on a supermarket shelf you imagine the people behind them, tilling the earth, sowing the seed, gathering the crops. And you pause, wondering, what their names are, where they live, what difference it will make if your hand picks up this box instead of that, wondering: how do I love these neighbours? Can I help change this child’s long journey for water, her mother’s lack of healthcare, the prospect her father faces of another year unable to feed his family well? Just a moment. And the person behind you, her impatient baby squirming in the trolley, may never realise that in that brief hesitation, a life hung in the balance.’ (From Christian Concern for One World.)

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 21 February-6 March. Do look out for the Fairtrade mark when you shop. For in buying Fairtrade products, we are helping ensure that producers have sustainable and equitable trade relationships and work for a fair wage with agreed social and environmental standards.

Our bible reading is the story of the transfiguration of Christ. It reminds us that we work to transform the lives of others because in the resurrection of Jesus, we see the fullest transformation of the life of God which we are all invited to share. On a cosmic scale we see God’s glory in and through the transfigured Christ. We stand on the mountain top with those first disciples as witnesses to a moment of eternal revelation. We see not only the life of eternity but also glimpse something of how the world should be.

Whilst recognising the financial challenges that so many people are facing in our own country, choosing to buy fair trade when we can is a simple way to bring about change. Just a moment as you go shopping, leaf through the catalogue or log onto the internet to make an order. Just a moment to make a transformational difference to someone’s life across the world.

Rev Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector

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