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The Rev. Dr. Timothy Smith

Don't Just Do Something--Sit There!

Matthew 17:1-9

Transfiguration Sunday - Year A

March 06, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Smith (ELCA)

"Don't just stand there; do something!" A familiar and urgent command designed to spur us on out of complacency into action! Peter essentially barks out this imperative in response to witnessing the induction of Jesus into the faith heroes hall of fame by virtue of his appearance on the mountain with Moses and Elijah, not to mention his glowing transfiguration. Overwhelmed and awed by the whole event, Peter did what most of us do in pivotal and poignant moments: carpe diem!  Seize the day! Capture the moment! Let's make some dwellings; let's make it a Kodak moment, preserve it for all posterity. Let's get to work! C'mon, guys, get the stuff we need to make a dwelling--boards, hammers, nails. James, John, don't just stand there with your mouths hanging open! Get busy! Do something!

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