where love leads us

Up above it all

the overview

closer to the sky and the sources of light and life

those celestial radiances we call

the stars.

To this place

The high place,

the mountain top,

Jesus leads three of his closest ones

and reveals his true nature

his radiant being –

reveals that he comes from this high place

above the world.

So why does he come back down?

Is it not wonderful

up there?


Peter wants to stay.

He offers to build dwellings there, on top of the mountain.

And they are so high up

they are in the clouds.

The ‘Shekinah’, cloud of glory

envelopes them on that high place,

that mountain,

And they hear the voice of God.


But they don’t stay there

They don’t build dwellings

there, above the fray

high up

in the clarity of the overview

above the muck and mire

of the dire misery below

the complex, dirty, messy

painful, joyful chaos of life

in the valley

of the shadows

of earth existence.


Jesus comes down the mountain.


He walks down from the heights of radiance

into the depths

of human experience.

He heals a boy

tormented by demonic extremes

and then he turns his face towards Jerusalem

towards the city.

Towards the politics and intrigue

the hurry and rush

buildings, streets, garbage and noise

and betrayal.


He knows what’s coming.

He knows what will meet him there

what this will mean and

how he will be treated,

this radiant being.



Why does he come down?

Why is this the council of those great servants of God –

Moses and Elijah?


We, too, may be blessed

to have experienced the high place

the altar*

the mountain top.

Love may have revealed to us

its full, life giving radiance

its sun-nature.

Perhaps we felt his radiance

even dimly

in the cloud of incense

of the sacred ritual of communion.

But we don’t build our dwelling there.

We come down –

we return to our lives.

We follow Him down the mountain

into the complicated details

and entanglements

of life in the valley

in the city.

For that is where Love leads.

Love leads us from the radiant place

of spiritual insight, perspective and experience

into the difficult details of daily life

It leads into those places where it will be attacked, betrayed, denied, spat upon and crucified and then says,

“forgive them.”

His grand cosmic radiance transforms

into the subtle work of human loving on the path

to the cross

And those who feel the call to love

Follow love

into our lives

Into our bodies

Into the city

And bear, with Him in our hearts

All that life will bring us

Learning to truly trust

That this light can never be extinguished

That Easter

Can only be acheived

If we come back down the mountain.


by Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy is a priest in the Christian Community, movement for religious renewal, in the Washington D.C. area.  You can find more information here: http://www.thechristiancommunity.org or http://www.ccgwb.org.

*Old English alter, altar, from Latin altare (plural altaria) “high altar, altar for sacrifice to the great gods,” perhaps originally meaning “burnt offerings” (cf.Latin adolere “to worship, to offer sacrifice, to honor by burning sacrifices to”), but influenced by Latin altus “high.”


9 thoughts on “where love leads us

  1. Thank you so much for this dear Patrick! It is not only beautiful – it is thirst slaking and a helpful indication of the path in this grim world. Much love to you and yours.

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