What do you say when you meet someone that you really look up to or admire? Me, I couldn't tell you because I start rambling on about who knows what. It can be downright embarrassing! What is it that causes us to react that way? Check out Peter's response in this week's Gospel for a biblical example of the same thing:
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen. Luke 9:28B-36
Peter, John and James progress from sleep to fully awake to...
Is it safe to say that what they experienced was indescribable? Peter attempts to capture the moment by suggesting that they "set up camp". I love the next line from St. Luke, "But he did not know what he was saying." There it is, "Peter, you were babbling." Peter was speaking on impulse which we know was his standard way of behaving. Amazingly, his words were met with what might have been an even more incredible occurrence;
THE VOICE OF GOD!!!
St. Luke's description of their response might be the greatest understatement in all of the New Testament. "They fell silent." OH REALLY!?! I'm guessing this was a whole lot more than a jaw-dropping, OMG, did you see that moment. Jesus gloriously transformed and then the God of all creation speaks!!!
I am at a loss for words! That's probably the way it should be in the presence of God.