Reading: Matthew 17: 1-9
Peter, James, and John are blessed to experience the transfiguration. It is an event that would stick with all of us forever. In this one moment these disciples see the Law, the Prophets, and the Messiah together. In seeing Moses, Elijah, and Jesus talking, we get a glimpse of the span of the Bible and can see the connections between these three central themes. Peter’s response is to offer to build three shelters, one for each man. He wants to prolong this moment. I would want to do the same.
From time to time in our faith journeys, we too are blessed with moments where Jesus has touched our lives in a special way. Those moments when we feel an undeniable closeness to His presence or when we can see the answer to our prayers are touch points in our faith. They are times when we know that Jesus is real and alive and is truly present with us. In this transfiguration moment, the disciples are blessed to see that this human man that they have been following is also a divine being that is connected directly to God. For the disciples in today’s story and for the touch points in our life, these moments, these experiences, they shape our faith.
Like Peter, we too would like to extend these moments and sometimes we wish we could stay in that sacred moment forever. But we cannot. Although they are etched into our memory, we must move forward with life. The reality of our faith, though, is that Jesus is not just in the touch points. Jesus comes down off that mountain and walks with us in the day to day of life. It is His constant and abiding presence in all of life that is the bedrock of our faith. Jesus’ presence in the little scrapes and in the small victories that occur day after day are the basis of our trust that He will be there in the really tough times as well.
Yes, those touch points are awesome and are significant for our faith. We are stronger Christians and better disciples because of them. But my deepest need is for Jesus in the day to day. Dearest Lord Jesus, take my hand, walk with me through all that life has for this day. Please be with me, dearest Lord Jesus.