The Transfiguration provides us with a timely reminder of our roles as stewards of the earth - the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, told a congregation in Hertfordshire at the weekend.
Bishop Martin was invited to preach in the parish of Digswell in the Diocese of St Albans where he reminded the congregation that 6th August [ as well as being the Feast of the Transfiguration] was also the anniversary of the first atomic bomb on the people and area of Hiroshima.
"That blinding light which brough so much suffering and havoc was a parody of theaven. The Light revealed on the mountain of Transfiguration is a daily reminder of the mystery and wonder of God in the face of human sinfulness," said Bishop Martin.
The Transfiguration has regained momentum in the liturgical and spiritual life of the Anglican Church in recent decades.
Ever since it was left out of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer it has struggled to find a central place in the life of contemporary Christian discipleship but that, at last, is changing for a story which speaks of our times.