Just what was happening on that mountain?
Jesus takes three of his closest followers up the mountain and they experience something incredible: Jesus experiences his destiny as the Risen Christ of God; the disciples experience the reality toward which they’re moving.
There is a difference here that points out just how different we are from God!
Or, as my father used to put it: there’s only one perfect person and He died on the Cross a long time ago, kid!
Jesus glows in the love of the Father, while:
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
This cuts to the heart of this week’s Gospel: of this part of the message: “Rise and do not be afraid.”
But how? We model ourselves on the Gospel:
Hear: where can we hear the Word of God? Picking up the missal before mass in our pews and glancing over the readings. Spending time in silence each day to let God’s voice get into our souls.
Fall: realizing that we’re not where we ought to be, we recognize the need for conversion. We “fall” into a penance: maybe giving something up, maybe getting back to the sacrament of Penance, maybe admitting that we were wrong and seeking reconciliation.
Rise: and do not be afraid. We ought leave this place with that message ringing in our ears: Christ has touched us. Let us spend the rest of this mass giving thanks for God entering into our lives, for in being thankful we ourselves may be transfigured into the people God calls us to be!