And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things. But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. Matthew 17:1-13
Sometimes there are many weeks when I do not remember my dreams. There are other times, when they come night after night, unbidden, showing me a familiar world changed and transfigured. This time of year, when we have moved back to standard time, and the day light is decreasing rapidly, is a time of dreams and notions. Some are frightening, but most are new adventures in an old world changed but still alive within my imagination. Often the dream images give me a new perspective on my life and new possibilities to hold before me.
Jesus takes the three disciples up the mountain. They often went to pray with him in small groups, often falling asleep as he knelt in prayer. This time, they witness a vision, a waking dream, of the beauty and reality of Christ, and his intimacy with God and the pillars of the faith. They witness a vision that will lead them to the cross, and that vision will be their beacon to find their way through the violence and fear that is to come. They had a revelation of the timelessness and constancy of God and of God's commitment to creation. This moment on the mountain, both vision and portent, will change their understanding of their teacher and their God. God with them moving within creation, promising them more than they can imagine.
Today I ask God to help me hold fast to the vision of God's love active in my life. May we not fear what is ahead but rather cling to the promises we have been given. May we work in the light of God's love, not fearing what is to come, but rather trusting in the visions we have been given. May we hold fast to love and let fear go today.