Transfiguration/ OS 17, 6th August 2017 -Vicar’s Reflection
August 6th is a special day in human history. A day of terror and transformation, a day to measure our highest aspirations against our worst nightmares. Today is Hiroshima Day and World Peace Sunday, as well as the feast of the Transfiguration. On this day in 1945 the United States dropped a nuclear weapon on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, and then on Nagasaki on the 9th. The two bombings, killed at least 129,000 people, and remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history. Peace Sunday is held on the Sunday closest to Hiroshima Day. These commemorations are alongside the Feast of the Transfiguration. It is quite a lot to get your head around. In the face of the death and destruction of war what principles can possibly justify such action? Just War Principles can be looked up on Google and have been developed over many centuries of reflection to limit the incredible destructiveness of war and to encourage the seeking of peaceful options. In our increasingly tense international context we hope and pray that the leaders of the nations will be brushing up on these principles and working to transform the world by peaceful means not war. The transfiguration of Jesus, witnessed by Peter, James and John, identified Jesus as the Son of God reinforcing the importance of his life and message of love and forgiveness for the future of humanity. May we listen always to Him.