Daily Homily for Tuesday, August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration

The disciples and Jesus could not stay on the mountain. They had to come down. Peter wanted to erect three tents to not only acknowledge the divine manifestation but to extend its presence. The encounter with the “holy” was brief but it was awe inspiring, it was stupefying, it was wonderful.

Still they had to come down because existence in this world is more about living in the day to day, the mundane, than it is about living in the brief moments of sacred wonder.  Yet when the disciples came down from the mountain, things could not be the same.

Sacred moments and sacred things like an intense experience of prayer, like a conversion moment, like the Sacraments have a way of doing that to us. We may leave the “mountain” but things cannot be the same.

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