Peter, James, and John had an experience that was like no other. Most of us, if not all of us, have not had the experience that they did. These three men were led by Jesus up a high mountain. In the most important experiences were on top of mountains. James, John, and Peter went with Jesus because they were asked to go. Not one other disciple was asked. After they go up there something miraculous happened. Jesus was transfigured. This meant that his clothes became white as light and his face shown as the sun. He was having an experience of being God while still a man.
What an amazing experience! Suddenly their friend, Jesus, was different, magical, holy and human. Jesus was transfigured before them.
If I was along with the three disciples, I would awe struck and frightened. In all my 75 years of life, I have never seen such a thing. If I would ask any of you, if you have seen any such thing, I am sure you would say NO.
The story goes on to say that Moses and Elijah appeared talking to Jesus.
How could this be?
Then another miraculous thing happened. A voice from a bright cloud came over them and said, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”
What can we learn from this story? I believe that Jesus was calling the three disciples to a new level, a new standard of holiness. In other words, these three disciples were called to a much greater commitment that the others.
Many people declare that God has called them to a certain lifestyle or way of life. This is true for all of us. But I believe we are being continually called by God to do more and more and more. I believe that we are continually being called to a deeper commitment until it is like we burn ourselves out say Yes to God.
God calls each of us differently at difficult times in our lives. I believe that the disciples were called to a deeper, broader, commitment to: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide shelter to the poor.
We all are called to these commitments but we should always be striving for more. Maybe God calls us to accept graciously whatever comes our way: illness, disease, despair, and loneliness seem to be in more families than others. Such commitment to be faithful in spite of difficult conditions in what Jesus is calling us to do. We must be gracious, faithful by accepting with an increase of Trust in God. This is not easy.
God challenges and calls us to new commitments and challenges every day, every week, and even in special circumstances. Maybe our commitment to God changes, grows and surprises us. But, we always have the responsibility to be open and trust what God know she/he is doing. God is calling each of us here. Not in the way God called the three disciples. But, God is truly calling us wherever we are and in the most difficult times.