Peter is the “every person” disciple in the gospels – he acts just like any normal person would. In this week’s passage, Peter, James and John have gone away with Jesus to pray on a mountain and Moses and Elijah appear. What Peter knows is his friend looks better than he has in awhile and he suggests they stay and build shelters for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.
It isn’t Jesus who responds, but God in a cloud that says, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (NRSV) Then Moses and Elijah disappear and Jesus and the disciples leave the mountain.
The tension in today’s passage is between staying safe and answering your call. What separates us from Jesus is displayed by Peter as he suggests building shelters. Ask yourself what three “shelters” seem to keep you safe, but actually keep you from answering your call. Keep in mind that not all are called to be ministers as Paul illustrates in the Body of Christ image.
Take out a piece of paper and sketch three shelters. Focus on what holds you back and why as you write that in the shelter or doodle to decorate the shelter. When you’re done, draw yourself walking away.