Yesterday, just to review, we were talking about the horizontal nature of the Way of St James and the perhaps verticality of Lourdes. I’m working with this presently. It is just sort of a vague notion that perhaps we are at an important point spiritually. It could be a junction, a nexus.
Just as I have heard the two separate timbers in Christ’s cross being joined there in his nexus. He a heavenly being who chose to also embrace a life as an earthly being. And this nexus is expressed in shorthand by the cross. It is all a very dramatic and powerful story that is encapsulated for us in that junction of the cross.
I have a great friend who is Jewish and we not often enough sit and drink coffee and talk of things. He sometimes challenges me with an out of the box question. As often I hope I do for him. But the last question that I am still working on and it has been months is why do you where that cross around your neck? It is a symbol of torture and death. Is it different from wearing an electric chair? There is a question and a half. But now a good way of looking at the cross appears and it is something that can be easily verbalized.
Well OK. Did you see that link yesterday to a little video of me in Lourdes by the River Gave? Padre Tomas and I had just been given the “hairy eyeball” by members of a tour group that was near us, And that is what I was looking at as Father was filming me by the river and then I remembered him and looked toward him and he was capturing the moment. Sometimes Padre and Felipe just were having too much fun. But the river is important. See what a moving mass of silted water it was. A constant rush of the horizontal that is hardly recognized by the situation going on so intensely on either bank of it.
Have to go, walking Phil’s Camino in ten minutes.