Father Robert Barron, while reading his Lenten reflections brought this to my attention. A lot of things going on---on a mountain.
”The Transfiguration takes place on a mountain, and this right away places it in relation to the Old Testament. Abraham is willing to sacrifice his son on a mountain; Noah's ark comes to rest on Mt. Ararat; the law is given to Moses on Mt. Sinai; Elijah challenges the priests of Baal on Mt. Carmel; Jerusalem is built on the top of Mt. Zion. Mountains are places of encounter with God.
In the New Testament, Jesus gives the law on a mountain, the Sermon on the Mount; He dies on Mt. Calvary; and, in a climactic moment in His public life, He brings three of His disciples to the top of a mountain - and there He is transfigured before them.” (From 13th Day of Lent Reflection)
The song, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” all of a sudden came to my mind after reading that and it hit me! Our mountains that we should stand on are the stories of all the times we had close encounters with God. The stories that come after we had to climb a steep mountain of struggle to overcome a hardship. The stories that come after we experienced special moments of grace and rescue after seeking “higher ground” to get away from what was flooding our life. The stories of being transfigured ourselves after seeking His face, His love and repenting of our falling down that mountain side. It is a new kind of way to think “mountain top high—huh?”
Yes, Go Tell it on the Mountain, for this is the Good News that we are to proclaim. There is a God of Love, Mercy, Understanding and Forgiveness and He is so good to me!!!!