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. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.Luke 9:28-36
Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 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.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
There is a lot I’d love to speak about in this passage. One could spend all day dissecting it, couldn’t they? Today I will use it to describe the new convert.
Not all converts to the faith will have this kind of supernatural experience. The apostles were given it only to increase their faith because it was necessary for the task that lay ahead of them. They didn’t receive these things because they were special. No, they received them only because it was necessary that the shepherd know more than the sheep that they might lead the Church. They got it because they were weak in faith and sinful rather than being all mighty and holy.
When it comes to new converts Christ may not make appearances such as this but he will give them special graces. He will climb the hill of gifts with them and offer them a mountain of Grace to help them on their spiritual journey. It will increase their faith and new converts will be spoiled with all sorts of joys for the Lord.
In the midst of this and in their spiritual immaturity they will want to stay there. Who wouldn’t want to? Which one of us here would be strong enough to say they’d prefer to back into the darkness of the world and not remain there in the bliss of heavenly grace? Ah, but it is so necessary that the light fades and everything becomes normal again.
It’s is a crucial part of our spiritual journey where we must learn to come down from the mountain of Grace. Armed with these experiences supernatural or not we go back into the darkness of the world to shine the light and inform the others not what we’ve been witness to (that’s for us) but of Christ.
The apostles did not tell anyone what they had seen. There are many reasons for this but one could be that it is too much for the infirmity of the souls receiving it. Sometimes Jesus gives supernatural graces and gifts that are for us, to help us in our task of moving quietly among the community and whose writings are for another time, another generation.
Then there are others, whose pain I feel, that are commanded to go out and tell the world what they’ve seen. A much harder task that entails a lot of persecution and hardship. These people like Vassula Ryden, The children at Fatima and Medjugorje are often give much more than the rest.
But as for those who go by faith and not by sight, it’s up to them to use the graces the Lord gives them and go out and convert others. They don’t necessarily have to speak of the experience of being converted, that is for them to help them in their journey.
But some don’t always want to come down from the mountain of Grace. They become upset that they must now learn how to walk on their own two feet without the light of Christ always leading the way and there’s a danger of falling away from the faith.
In the end everyone is given by the Lord (supernatural or not) according to what is necessary for that individual and Gods glory. All souls are called to share in the transfiguration and go from ordinary to extraordinary. All souls are called to learn how to walk with Christ at a distance and without the aid of these graces to go convert the world.
What part of the journey are you on? Have you made it to the mountain yet? Know and be prepared for the day when you must come down from it. It isn’t pleasant, but what hard work that has a great reward at the end of it is filled with pleasantries? Yes, like Peter you were a wee bit sleepy in the Lords presence. His Grace awoke you and when you realized how real and wonderful it is, becoming fully awake (enlightened) you wanted to stay didn’t you? Not possible, No, but carry it with you back into the darkness of the world and recall it every time you’re about to or have strayed from the path of the virtuous task handed to you.