“It is good we are here.” Good? If I was with Jesus who all of a sudden became dazzling white and in conversation with legendary ancient figures, I think I would react with a little more excitement. Good? More like awesome!

I am struck by this modest response. How often we see the disciples not fully understanding Jesus’ greatness. Maybe it’s because they knew him on a mundane everyday level. Do we also take for granted the extraordinary moments of our ordinary lives?

Our friend who meets us with a smile. Our spouse who knows without words the movements of our heart. Our child who runs toward us, arms open, ready to embrace. Today let us be grateful for the simple human encounters that bring us closer to God. Receive someone you see on a regular basis and rejoice in the moment, “It is good we are here.”

—Ryan Mak, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the California province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.