“ Lord, it is good that we are her. If you wish, I could make three tents here.”

(pertaining to today’s Gospel reading: Matthew 17:1-9)

Peter wants to pitch some tents and stay on the mountaintop. OF all of the cool stuff he’s seen in the company of Jeus, nothing beats the visionary arrival of Moses and Elijah. It’s not going to get any better than this! And, though Peter doesn’t know it yet, it’s poised to get a lot worse. This brief photo op with the legendary greats of Jewish tradition feels like the right moment for a freeze frame. Peter wants to remember Jesus just like this, in the company of giants.

Who knew that the real freeze frame was up ahead at Golgotha? Every Christian of the future will have that picture memorized. Jesus is most frequently remembered, not with Moses and Elijah, but in the company of two unknown criminals, poor men without names or back-stories. No one offerd to pitch a tent on this mound, yet Christian history has camped out here in contemplation ever since. Both of these scenes frankly astound us: the Transfiguration and the Crucifixion. It’s our own taste of sufering that draws us to the place where we meet Jesus, and he is, most intimately. (Alice Camille)

Name your mountaintop experiences. What did you learn from each one?

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