The Gospel reading today has been a tough one for me to understand. I wondered what on earth this over-the-top vision has to do with our lives today. What did it say about Jesus except that God somehow wanted us to see his son was pals with Elijah and Moses? Big whoop. I mean, isn’t that kind of obvious?
People have always told me God calls us into a deeper and deeper understanding each and every day. It’s a gift, to be sure. However, I don’t know if I felt it was a gift when I was given the assignment last year to write a ten-page paper on this very subject.
After reading some really heavy commentaries and struggling with the topic for a few weeks, this is the simple understanding I came to. I think this story is present in our Gospels to invite us into the encounter and experience of God. It was Jesus, in all His risen glory, who led Peter, James, and John up the mountain to experience in that moment the fullness of God. They descended the mountain with a new understanding of who God is and what they were to do going forth from the mountain.
So we, too, are called to climb that mountain to encounter and experience God. This calling doesn’t just come once or twice in a lifetime, but every single day. We are called to square away silence in our lives each day and humbly ask Jesus to help us climb the mountain to God. Jesus is our guide, and through Him, God reveals Himself. When this happens, things like “God is love” and “God is Light” carry new and deeper meaning for us. When our quiet time with God comes to an end and we descend the mountain, we approach our lives with a new understanding of who God is and what we are to do going forth that day.
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