This will be the “Back Page” of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for this coming Sunday, March 3, 2019, Transfiguration Sunday (Year C)
In the years before Interstate highways, as you drove from town to town on the back roads of America you would see advertisements telling you to “Visit Meramec Caverns” or “See 7 States from Rock City atop Lookout Mt.” painted on barns.
The thing about Lookout Mt. is that without signs pointing to the specific state, you cannot tell them apart. From atop Lookout Mt., all the states look alike.
And while the view from the mountain top is wonderful and you can see far into the distance, you cannot see the people at the bottom of the mountain. While we are at the top of the of the mountain, awash in the glory of the intense sunlight, we cannot see what is at the bottom of the mountain, awash in the day-to-day muck and mire of daily life. You cannot see the pain, the problems, the joys, and celebrations of the people.
I learned a long time ago that a successful program is one in which the participants were involved in the process. This is exactly what Jesus did when he walked the back roads of the Galilee.
He, the disciples, and other followers wandered around, meeting the people, seeing them in their daily lives, coming to understand their problems and challenges they faced each day. They also saw how the identity of the person determined how they were treated.
It is nice to be at the top of the mountain, able to see vast expanses of space. But when we do this, we miss the things going on in life. It is not the light at the top of the mountain that brings hope to the world; it is the Light of Christ that we bring to the people in our daily encounters that brings the hope. ~~Tony Mitchell