There’s no denying the different view we get from a mountaintop.

What seems well known to us, takes on a totally new look when viewed from the vantage point.

Even when flying out of Knock, within minutes the ground beneath looks like a foreign land and we can be hard pressed to recognise even our own house or place.

So while the view is good, we might easily lose contact with reality. Is there something like that going on for the disciples as they encounter Jesus on the heights of Tabor?

What was familiar to them takes on a new look and leaves them dazed and puzzled. “It’s wonderful for us to be here” and, no doubt, so it was.

The Lord, aware of that but also aware of the need to be rooted in reality gently encourages them to leave the view, return to ground level and make a difference there.

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