We Want to Hold On
When something good happens to us, we want to pause the moment. Stretch it out for a while. Soak in the happiness. Hope that it will last a few minutes longer.
It's the same way when we have an experience with Jesus. When we feel his love in a new or profound way, we want to sit there in his presence forever.
Today is the feast of the Transfiguration. Peter, James and John experienced the fullness of God before them, and their response was to pitch tents and remain with him. They wanted him close. How human is that! I would have wanted the same.
But Jesus would tell us the same thing he told Mary Magdalene after his resurrection: "Stop holding onto me." These mountaintop moments, while beautiful and life-changing, are not meant to last. They are a pause from life, a glimpse into heaven. Eventually, we have to climb down the mountain and live in the real world again.
Being united with Jesus means being a part of his suffering as well. He gives us moments like the Transfiguration to strengthen our faith while on earth and show us what is to come when we can hold onto him forever in Heaven.