This week’s Gospel reading is truly one of my favorites as a beautiful depiction of the complexity of humanity. I can chuckle at Peter’s inability to completely grasp the truth even as he stares Jesus, who is perfect truth, in the face. It’s a comfort to hear that I am not the only person who dozes off as they attempt to pray, and it’s humbling to realize that Jesus’ response to imperfection is an invitation to deeper participation in God’s revelation. I can only imagine what it was like standing in the presence of great figures like Moses, Elijah, and Jesus only to be enveloped by the very voice of God. It’s easy to understand why Peter wants to remain in this heavenly moment. This is similar to the times that I have heard others describe their desire to remain in the moments of great grace and love in their own lives, the moment that they exchange the sacred vows of marriage, a beautiful sunset, the first time a parent holds a child in their arms. It is natural to want to freeze these moments, it is even more natural to resist the inevitable change that will occur as the moment passes. However, we know that this impossible. Instead we find ourselves like Peter, challenged to realize that the moments of grace that we receive are never meant to keep us stagnant. They are always to propel us forward to share the Gospel and work towards God’s Kingdom.
Perhaps some of us are feeling a temptation to pitch a tent in the face of the coming transition in our Church. While it is natural for us to feel the anxiety of the unknown, we are urged […]