It is Good for Us to Be Here
Humans love routine. I have recently been reading through some parenting books as I am getting ready to have a little baby around. One tip that continues to repeat is to “keep your baby on a routine!”: Bathe her at the same time, put her to bed at the same time (or as near as we can manage that). This craving routine is apparently built into our instincts, and over the eons of existence, and gives us this sense of comfort. But change is constant, and our routines get messed up and tossed out because crying babies do not read parenting books or abide by their rules. Witnessing the Divine severely messes up your routine. Occasionally, I wonder if the Apostles wished they could go back to their fishing boats or just have a day off from all the mind-bending miracles that they witnessed. And in this Gospel, we have another moment of human response trying desperately to keep up with the Divine before them. “Let us build three dwellings” they say, and you can almost see Jesus’ blank expression, trying to figure out how to explain this glorious Transfiguration before them.
I am exhausted just thinking about all this, but there is a line in this Gospel that rings out to me “It is good for us to be here”. Terrified though they were and struggling to process the wondrous moment before them, they know deep down that this is a good place to be. There are moments in our lives where we will be faced with change, with awkward growth or where we must change our routine. It is terrifying sometimes and painful at others, but very often it could be a Divine moment and we should embrace it as that good place to be, and listen to what God is saying to us in that moment of transformation.
This Sunday the High School students in our Confirmation process will be preaching on this Gospel. Join us and witness the growth of the students that have had our tradition shared with them, take a step in owning that faith and all the changes and challenges it brings.