Luke 9:28-30,32-36 NRSVue

28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep, but as they awoke they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us set up three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah,” not realizing what he was saying. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Some thoughts on this scripture

Peter, John and James were heavy with sleep, but on waking they saw his glory! They slept again in Gethsemane. In the bible, such sleep signifies that the disciples do not understand Jesus and his relationship with his Father. Jesus is left to carry the work of salvation without their help.

Jesus, how often have our eyes been closed in sleep as we walk with you through life? How often are our ears closed too to the Word you speak to us through our daily conversations? May your word become awake, alive and active in us each day as we travel the road together with you.