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Rejoicing at the Foot of the Mountain

Tuesday Re-mix –

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. Matthew 17:1-2

Have you ever wondered what it was like back down the mountain with all the other disciples who did NOT get to make the trip up to the transfiguration?  I have:

So what do you guys think this is all about?  I mean, surely I’m not the only one of us who is a bit troubled by this.  Why would the Master choose those three over any of us?  O.K., I suppose James & John make sense…Jesus has shown a special affinity for  them before.  Just because John is so “relationship-oriented”, so “intimate” in his relationship to Jesus…and I suppose if my own mother had made a plea for me the way theirs did for them, maybe I would be up there with them right now.  I don’t necessarily agree with those choices, but I guess I understand them.

But Peter?  Really?  Over any of us?  Not a shred of education…sticks his foot in his mouth every time he opens it…so very impulsive and childish…remember just last week how Jesus rebuked him?  Why Peter?  Why on earth would Jesus pick him?  Are any of you worried about what this means about our place in the new order of things?  Jesus keeps talking about the kingdom of God being at hand and how everything is about to change.  Do we even know what that means?  What do you think our roles will be in his new kingdom?  Do we really have to put up with Peter outranking us?  I just don’t