In the Christian life there can be what’s known as the “honeymoon phase.” When we initially come to faith, there is often a newfound joy, zeal and vibrancy. You might call it a renewed bounce in our step. We’re in love. We’re on fire. All is more than “right” with the world. Many people want to go to Mass more often, receive the Eucharist more devoutly, start praying the Rosary and other devotionals, go to Confession more frequently, read the Bible, attend prayer meetings, and so forth. This is all because we’ve “tasted and seen” that the Lord is good. We are convinced that life will never be the same, that we will be on this “high” forever going forward. Much like Peter, James and John felt on the mountain when Jesus was transfigured. We all know well the suggestion Peter made to build tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah, and that they all remain on the mountaintop. That’s what we can experience in the Christian life. We want to hold on to the glory and the euphoria of what we’ve come to experience. Yet, just like Peter, James and John, we, too, will eventually be invited by Jesus to accompany Him into the Garden of Gethsemane. Does Jesus give us the mountaintop moments so that we will not turn away from Him during the Gethsemane moments? It’s our belief that that’s exactly why we have these two accounts in the Bible involving Peter, James and John. The same three apostles to whom Jesus showed His glory in a blinding way are the same three apostles to whom He revealed His suffering humanity in the garden. Have you experienced both of these in your life? Have you been on the mountaintop with Jesus? Has He also led you into a garden of difficulty and suffering, asking you to accompany Him in those moments? Tell us how you were able to hold onto what you knew about your faith, and to Jesus, when the going got rough. Remember, there will be people listening on Wednesday who find themselves trying to make sense of the suffering of life. You could help them to remain steadfast and to cling to Jesus.
Transfiguration passage is in Matthew 17
Gethsemane passage is in Matthew 26