KEEPING THINGS LIGHT


“Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah…’” (Mt 17: 1-4)

On this occasion, Peter “does not know what to say” (Mk 9: 6), because the revelation is overwhelming. But this doesn’t stop him from saying something. It is a suggestion. It’s something to the effect of, Lord, this is so good, let’s all just stay here and live happily ever after. Forget about all those people down there.

This is a case of spiritual intoxication; of a novice in the early stages of encountering grace, a bit like someone in love for the first time. In this phase we may say and do things that look quite silly in hindsight. We might forget about our responsibilities, tend to forget about the rest of the people in our lives, and sillier yet, offer suggestions or even advice to those far more experienced than we are; to those who have been leading a spiritual life all along, before we decided to take it up.

Today let me ask God to plant my feet firmly on the ground, when my head is in the clouds. And let me receive my enthusiasm for spiritual life both with gratitude and, when need be, a sense of humor, not taking myself too seriously. Let me let Him keep things His way, – light.

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