Mountain encounter

Six days after Jesus’ disciples reveal, yet again, that they are clueless about the nature of messianic life—that the day is coming when all lording will cease—he takes three of them on a hilltop hike for a blinding encounter with history’s aim.

Coming down the mountain, they immediately meet a child suffering epileptic seizure.

With Peter and James and brotherly John we ascend to the mountain encounter.

With Mary, Elizabeth and sisterly Anna we stand dizzied and dazzled, sorely afraid.

Moses, Elijah—instruction and prophecy—appear in the vision so fearsomely felt.

From shadow’s abode comes the blinding reminder of Heaven’s regard for the earth’s frail restraint.

Transform and transfigure—we earnestly pray—our hard-hearted manner, our imperial stray.

From ecstatic descent into epilepsy’s reign, implore us, restore us to redemption’s domain.

©Ken Sehested @ Inspired by Matthew 17:1-21.