Jesus took Peter, James and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves
and he was transfigured before them.
In mythic tradition, the mountain is the place where earth touches sky. Its summit enters the sphere of eternity and its base is in the mortal world. At the mountain top, the divine reveals itself and the human is transformed. But, as Joan Chittister reminds us “Real religion is not about transcending life; real religion is about transforming life.” God never meant us to live on the mountaintop. We may experience God on the mountain top but more often in the valleys. God is with us in the plain, ordinariness of life where we live every day. We need not climb the mountains to find God. We live always in God’s presence. The thing to do is to become aware.
They who seek God
will see God’s face everywhere
Try to be open to the places in your life where God is revealed.
Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.
We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time.
God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
To Be is to live with God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To think you are separate from God is to remain separate from your own being.
D. M. Street
Without the assistance of the Divine Being … I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.
In our stillness, we acknowledge God’s greatness and we are at peace in our life. Stillness saturates us in the Presence of God.”
E’yen A. Gardner
Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. God is always near you and with you; leave God not alone.