Get out your map … Wednesday, May 22

Lemon Orchard in the Galilee, Israel

Galilee, Israel.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection. “And behold, He goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him.” Matthew 28:7. Over the years, given the various jobs I’ve held, the bosses that I liked the most were the ones that didn’t mind getting their hands dirty, the ones that would never ask you to do something that they wouldn’t do themselves. You don’t mind following someone like that. And in Christianity Jesus leads the way, doesn’t He? “Christian”, strictly speaking, means a person who follows Christ. “Catholic”, meaning “universal”, indicates that the opportunity to follow Jesus is open to all, Jew, Samaritan, Greek, Gentiles in general, the good and the bad. Especially the bad because they need Him the most. During His earthly life how many prostitutes and thieves followed Him? The people I see in Church, the ex-drunks, the ones that lived loose and so-called free, the ones that had an abortion, the ones that were atheistic and actively, openly against fought the Church, these are the ones who need Him most. And mostly they’re the ones I like the best. The ones, thankfully the few, who don’t mind letting you know that butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth now and never has, well, I worry about them. “Jesus hearing this, saith to them: They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. For I came not to call the just, but sinners.” Mark 2:17. And Jesus leads the way. “For we have not a high priest who cannot have compassion on our infirmities: but one tempted in all things like as we are, without sin.” Hebrews 4:15. And what is the result of our following Jesus? Whether He leads us to Galilee or a martyr’s death or the voting booth? “Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God; and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. We know, that, when he shall appear, we shall be like to him: because we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2. And this is what makes the trip worth while.

Today …



St. Bobo

St. Bobo was a Crusader and hermit, also called Beuvon. Bobo was a knight of Provence, France, who fought against the invading Saracens and then became a hermit. He died at Pavia, in Lombardy, Italy, while on a pilgrimage to Rome. This guy made a lot of trips following after Jesus. As a knight who knows where he went. Rescue maidens from dragons? Probably not, but I’m sure there was adventure. As a Crusader there was no doubt a lot of traveling, a great deal of following. And as a hermit?  He probably traveled further as a hermit than he did as a knight or Crusader put together. I’ll let you think about that one. When we get weary of the trip, and weariness happens, Bobo might be a good one to turn to for prayer help. Like Jesus, the One he followed, he knows what this trip is like.

Think … “Truth is not determined by a majority vote.”―Pope Benedict XVI.