Read Matthew 17-18
Highlight: Matthew 17:1-5
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Peter, beloved disciple, so human and earth bound, in the midst of an unfathomable vision, feels the need to do something! He has just seen the transfiguration of the Son of God, seen Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus, and as soon as he can get himself into the picture he says, “It is good for us to be here… I will build three shelters.”
Built into us is the need, in the midst of all of God’s creation, all the grace we receive everyday, to do something. I understand this – it’s been the go-to coping strategy of my family for generations to throw ourselves into a task when faced with a triumph or tragedy. We make ourselves “busy” to overcome our emotions and control some small part of the uncontrollable. Whenever the situation is beyond comprehension, we seek calm and order by doing. The meditation of this Scripture for me is that God is here in a bright cloud so stop your prattle and just, “Listen.”
Dear God, I pray for your presence in my life – like a bright cloud. Help me erase the static, the prattle, the urgency of “doing”, and feel your presence and know that I too am loved. Amen