His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth. (Psalms 48:1-2 NRSV)

Sometimes our faith is a mountaintop faith. Jesus took Peter and James and his brother, John, with him and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. There they would be away from the crowds that were always pushing in against them. There on the high mountain they would have time for prayer and reflection.

While Peter, James and John were on the high mountain, Jesus' appearance was changed or transfigured before their very eyes. "His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white." The spellbound disciples looked on in disbelief as they saw Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah.

Peter was so impressed with what he saw that he wanted to remain on the high mountain with Jesus, Moses and Elijah, as well as his two fellow disciples, for a while. 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." Peter wanted to build dwellings so they could all remain on the mountain and continue this great experience indefinitely.

In a way, we can stay on the mountaintop, if we allow Jesus to shine through us.


Dear Jesus, shine through me today. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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