Down the mountain

Luke 9:28-36: And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white... Then from the cloud came a voice that said, 'This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!'
A major tech company is experiencing internal disquiet because of a change in policies. The company, which once refused to operate in China, is now there with work that “would comply with the regime’s strict censorship rules.”
Human beings often cave to compromise when ideals clash with everyday life. We Christians intend to live as Jesus called us to live, but we cannot always sustain our fervor in the pressure of ordinary circumstances.
Peter, John, and James witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountain. They saw that “the appearance of his face changed,” and they heard a voice identifying him as God’s Son. But how difficult did their lives become when they returned from the mountain, when they had only the memory of that experience?
We struggle not because we face overt censorship, but because others think us odd or quaint for having spiritual ideals in the midst of rationality and accomplishment. But we were allowed on that mountain for a reason. We were allowed to glimpse Jesus’ shining face because we are called to speak of Jesus.
So, can we sustain our faith when we trudge down the mountain and encounter a culture that wants to hear no mention of the divine?
Psalms 16, 17; Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10,18-27; Acts 28:1-16
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