Friday, August 06, 2010

When fear overshadows reason

I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God." About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.- Luke 9: 27-30a, 33-34

I found it of particular interest that as the cloud enveloped them the three disciples became afraid. This mirrors the action of the disciples in Matthew 8:23-27 when Jesus calms the storm at sea. It is astounding that, whether they were standing next to Jesus or in proximity to Him on the boat, that they became afraid. Even in the physical presence of Jesus. And not only Jesus, but in the Transfiguration reading they are with Moses and Elijah as well. Fear sometimes overshadows reason.

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