Jesus did not allow his disciples to stay in the moment. Instead he invited them to allow the moment to inform their lives as they went down the mountain and out into the world. This Transfiguration Sunday is a hinge Sunday for us. It is the transition point between the season of Epiphany when we are reminded of the many ways God is made known to us and Lent when we literally walk with Jesus into the dessert.
Christian life is not passive rather it is active and intentional. It means seeing God in the other and respecting the dignity of all whom we meet as we promise in our baptismal covenant.
Jesus says though that the Christian life does not consist of these mental battles. Instead, we are to make peace in every way for “Blessed are the peacemakers.” More than that, retaliation is not an aspect of Christian existence. When Christians are hassled or persecuted, it is not part of their calling to “get back at them.”
What is happening in Washington D. C. and Harrisburg filters down to the local level and even among us as a parish family. People are challenging one another, spreading information without knowledge of the truth to back up what is being shared as fact.