Homily for Transfiguration 2010

Pastor Mason Beecroft, 01/24/2010

When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified

It was the summer of 1984 and our family was traveling through Italy in our pop-top Volkswagen Vanagon. We stopped at a military base in central Italy to stock up on food from the Commissary. We also needed to do laundry. So my parents dropped my brother and me at the movie theater to watch a matinee showing of DC Cab, that timeless movie classic starring Mr. T. My parents and sister then made their way over to the base laundromat. About thirty minutes into the movie, the entire theater began to shake. We had no idea what was taking place, but people started to get up and run for the exits. Everyone was suddenly filled with fear. I stood up and started to run. I’d like to say I waited for my brother, but I think I elbowed him at one point to get ahead of him. The theater emptied in a matter of seconds. As the people gathered outside, they began to talk about the earthquake. It only lasted for a few seconds, but it was a significant one. When we looked at the theater, and there was a large crack right down the center of it. The terror of the moment remains fresh in my memory twenty-six years later….

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