On the Mountaintop
The Feast of the Transfiguration is the day that we remember the day Jesus was transfigured in front of Peter, James, and John on Mount Tabor. In Matthew 17: 1-5, the Bible says:
Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him […]. Behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
The Transfiguration is also the fourth Luminous Mystery of the Rosary and in the Bible!
Bringing Jesus with Us
Because of the Transfiguration, the mountaintop became a place where humanity meets God. In many ways, life is filled with mountaintops and valleys. There are times when we can feel the presence of Jesus very strongly, and we feel that nothing can take away our peace. We want to stay on the mountain forever. But life is not like that. Life requires us to leave the mountain and go into the valley, where things are hard and we do not always feel the presence of Jesus.
In the valley, it is important to remember that even though the mountaintop feelings are missing, Jesus never leaves us and He is always with us. There is a beautiful hymn entitled: Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here. The final verse is:
‘Tis good, Lord, to be here. Yet we may not remain. But since Thou bid us leave the mount, come with us to the plain.
Every day can have a little bit of the mountain in it, if we remember to invite Jesus into our every day activities. Life is not always about the feeling. We should know and believe that Jesus is always with us not only when life is right and beautiful as it was at the Transfiguration. He is also with us when life is hard and difficult.
And so, every Feast of the Transfiguration, let us turn to Jesus and invite him into our lives wherever we are – mountaintops or valleys. He is there and will be there and He never tires of helping us along life’s difficult journey.
“God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.” Max Lucado