“Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" -- not knowing what he said.”
The Transfiguration is a beautiful story that teaches us about calling and beholding God before us. In this story, Jesus takes Peter, John, and James to the mountain where he is transfigured before them and they behold his glory. The three disciples who were given the privilege of witnessing this event seek then to build tents so that they can remain on the mountain with the transfigured Christ. This story teaches us the difference between gratitude and greed. Greed wants to hold onto an experience forever, letting no one else access it. Gratitude wants to express an experience, so that others can celebrate and experience it with us. Peter wanted to stay on that mountain out of greed. Jesus taught him that gratitude requires us to come down the mountain.