Have you been watching the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? I can’t say I’ve been watching a lot of it but one thing that has captured my attention are the medal ceremonies. Those athletes that have come first, second or third in their particular event are rewarded with an Olympic medal by an official as they stand on the medal podium or dais. The traditional dais has the person who came first standing on the highest step, with second slightly lower, followed by third, who is slightly lower than second. These athletes literally have a mountain top experience. They are elevated physically and having studied the faces from the winners at this Winter Olympics in South Korea, I’d suggest that they are elevated emotionally too.
The gospel this Sunday is the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration is a high mountain top experience for Peter, James and John; first, second and third if you’d like. Peter, James and John are physically and emotionally elevated and I dare say spiritually elevated too. But, just like the medal winners they don’t stay on the dais or mountain top forever, they eventually venture back down to the valleys and plains of their life. The invitation to us in this 2nd Week of Lent is to not to forget our mountain top experiences with Jesus but to cherish them like Olympians do with their medals. To hold onto our mountain top experiences with Jesus and to let them dazzle the everyday.