Of all the happenings in the New Testament, today's gospel one of my favorite stories because it is so puzzling. Why in the heck would Jesus be taking time out of his busy day to have a chat with Moses and Elijah? I also pity St. Andrew a little. Suppose you had an older brother, you saw your boss-to-be first and told your brother about Him....who does the Boss like best? Big brother.
Consider the scene after the resurrection and the apostles are kicking around old memories about Jesus.
James: Hey, and then there was the time Moses and Elijah appeared. Man, Peter, you should have seen the look on your face, I thought you were going to run in six different directions at once!
Peter: Yeah, well you weren't looking in the pink of health either, and you tried to hide behind John and me.
James: How could I hide "behind you" guys... you were dumbstruck, lying prostrate, thinking you'd seen a ghost.
Peter: WE DID! Two, in fact.... we left you enough room in the ditch to pile right on top of us, what are you bitching about?
Andrew: How come *I* never heard about that?
Peter: He told us not to tell anyone "the vision we'd seen" until later.
Andrew: So what did Moses and Elijah and Jesus talk about?
Peter: How the heck do we know? It was in ancient Hebrew from centuries ago, do I LOOK like I would understand that stuff? Well, actually, I think I DO know, but I'm not telling because then centuries from now people will be wondering and it's always nice to have a secret that no one knows about except me, James and John.
Andrew: You're not even going to tell your own flesh and blood?
Peter: Hell, no.
Andrew: Still, how come *I* never got to go along to any of the really cool inner circle stuff?
Peter: I told you when we were growing up, you're just not that cool. Hey, pop wanted it that way!
Andrew: Isn't that a line from the Godfather?
Peter: Yeah, so? Mom and dad liked me best too.
Andrew: No kidding. I wanted a bicycle. You got a bike. All I got were Lincoln logs. With termites.
Peter: Isn't that a line from the Smother's Brothers?
Andrew: Yeah, so bite me!
Peter: Keep that up and I'll let the rest of the apostles know how often you wet the bed when you were little!
Andrew: Yeah, well at least I didn't have a crush on Sarah the butcher's daughter.
Peter: I did NOT have a crush on her.
Andrew: Did too.
Peter: Did not. BTW, you were adopted!
Andrew: Was not.
Peter: Was too. You don't even look like us.
Andrew: Do too.
Peter: Do not. The police brought you to our house one day and told us to keep you, unless you were bad, then we could send you back to the police. The police are your mother and father.
Andrew: Isn't that a line from Bill Cosby?
Peter: Yeah, so bite me!