Mountain tops are significant places in the Bible.
In the Old Testament God was thought to dwell in the distant heavens therefore if you wanted to get close to God you might climb a mountain. Think of Abraham and Isaac, up a mountain in today’s first reading, or Moses coming down the mountain with the Ten Commandments in yesterday’s scripture.
In today’s Gospel reading Jesus takes Peter, James and John up Mount Tabor which rises from the plain in Lower Galilee (picture above). There the disciples come to understand that Jesus is not just another human mate, but the one announced by the voice of God: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Here is a brief reflection on our moments of prayer as an encounter with God who in Jesus has come down from heaven and down from the mountain.