“Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’” vs. 4
The day started with a stiff climb…we can only hope the disciples had brought some lunch…it was a special day for them. Jesus often went off in the wilderness by himself for prayer and meditation, but today he’d asked the three of them to go along. At first Peter didn’t really get it…Jesus went off by himself and left them alone. And then he saw…and it was like nothing he’d ever experienced…Jesus enveloped in light, and he seemed to be talking with someone. Peter only knew that he was glad to be in that spot at that time. It was one of those moments that come unexpectedly, a time of transfiguration in which past and future are fused and we yearn to live in the present forever. For some it happens on retreat, maybe in a forest glade or on a desert trail…or even a mountain top! It’s that moment when we brush against one of those thin places in the fabric of time and space, and we feel the Divine Presence in a way that is beyond real, mystical and palpable at the same time. For the disciples it was a glimpse of resurrection, a vision of Jesus victorious…and it really didn’t make sense for them until after Easter. Sometimes that’s how those magical moments are…they don’t make sense until we need them to!
Thought for the Day: My most memorable moment of retreat!