Thursday, March 2, 2017

Something permanent

Daily reading: Luke 9:28-45
Thursday March 2, 2017

Focus passage: As the two men were about to leave Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it’s good that we’re here.  We should construct three shrines: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” – but he didn’t know what he was saying. Luke 9:33
Peter offers to build three dwellings for Moses, Elijah and Jesus.   He wants the moment to become permanent, he wants it to last and that is the thing with mountaintop experiences, they are not meant to last forever, they happen, we hopefully learn what we need to learn or experience what we need to experience, and then we find ourselves back in the valley. 
Peter wants to make a dwelling for Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, so the moment does not pass by too quickly.  But that is not what he is supposed to do.  Jesus did not invite him along with James and John so that they could do something. 
He invited them along on this adventure so they could catch a glimpse of who Jesus really is. And as Peter is babbling about what they should do, God gets their attention by moving a cloud over them. 
Peter, James and John are terrified. 
I think terrified is a good reaction, after all Jesus is glowing and conversing with Moses and Elijah and a voice comes from a cloud saying “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” Rather than build, they are called to listen and to be patient. 

Prayer: God, we often try to do something to get Your attention, not realizing that all along You have been trying to get our attention.  May we hear Your voice throughout our day.  Amen.

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