Tumbling in the Sand
… There is a certain tragic edge to glory it seems.
As though, we can only seek after it, but in the end we are destroyed in the attempt to attain it.
Either that, or only a very few are ever entitled to such glory and the rest of us are left to be forgotten.
It makes one wonder if glory actually exists at all, or if it is rather more like a mirage in the desert that leaves us thirsty and crying out for water.
You certainly could get that impression from the gospel reading for today
—where there is this amazing glorious moment on top of a mountain
—so stunning, so dazzling as to be indescribable and totally disorienting to the poor disciples who witness it.
Not to mention those of us who read it, doubtfully, now.
Peter, who always seems to have to say something, stumbles for the words that capture the essence of what we all wish for:
that we somehow hold on to glory
—that we could climb that mountain, follow the law and the prophets,
and finally claim that glory as our own …