Peter, James and John go up the mountain with Jesus. They see Him transfigured. They catch a glimpse of His true nature. They see Moses and Elijah. And all Peter can think of to say is, "It is good for us to be here." (Mt. 17:4) A great gift for understatement!
I have been up that mountain. And there is really nothing to say but, "It is good for us to be here."
It first happened to me at EWTN on my initial visit in 2004 to film episodes of The Apostle of Common Sense. It has happened on almost every visit since. It always happens at every annual American Chesterton Society Conference.
It happens to me almost every time I'm on stage. It used to happen when I would take walks alone in the woods on a starry night, even before I used to pray.
It's the sense that you are closer to God, or closer to people who are closer to God, and who radiate joy. Or it's the sense that you exactly where God has made you to be. It is a foretaste of heaven. It is a glimpse of great glory. It is knowing the true nature of the Son of God and the Son of Man. It is knowing your true nature. It is seeing it all fit together.
Joseph Campbell's phrase, "Follow your bliss" can mean many different things - but the one solid and true thing that it means is "Don't forget these moments when you are close to God; find out what's in them and cultivate them; follow them; for that is God's way of drawing you near."
... of making you say, "It is good for us to be here."
Let us pray a decade of the Rosary meditating upon the Transfiguration of Our Lord - and on our own moments of bliss.
And let us pray ...
To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.