Below is the message that I shared yesterday with Good Shepherd. Yesterday was Transfiguration Sunday, which of course gets me thinking about Harry Potter, but not much else. I think that is too bad, because I think there is a lot for us up on the mountaintop of Jesus' transfiguration. Below is my attempt to share some of that. See you tomorrow.
Matthew 17:1-9 (New International Version, ©2011)
But of course it didn't last. Peter pulls himself off the ground, perhaps wondering if anything had actually happened or whether he had imagined it all. And then on the way down the mountain Jesus will again intimate of his impending death and destiny. Peter will struggle to listen, to follow, to be faithful. Actually, he will more than struggle, he will fail. And Jesus will reach out, raise him up again, and send him forth. I have a hunch that each time Peter fell down and got up again, he would look back on this day and recall those words, "Just listen to him!"
Peter is in the midst of his transfiguration – when he fails, falls, and is lifted up again and realizes that above and beyond everything else, he is called to listen to Jesus.