More Surprises!

Luke 24:13-35           Dr. Ken Kovacs is a neighboring pastor at Catonsville Presbyterian.  Last fall he took a well-deserved three month sabbatical away from the church in order to walk.  But it was more than a walk.  It was a pilgrimage, a spiritual journey following in the steps of others who have walked the same path for centuries.  He walked the 500 mile Camino in northern Spain, ending in the small town of Santiago de Compostela.  The Camino is a trail that has been used for centuries by the faithful, by those who want to be faithful and by the curious who become faithful in the walking.  Camino means trail or path or road in Spanish.  Ken writes:  “Many walk for religious reasons. Some walk just for the sense of adventure.  Many are spiritual seekers, with no religious affiliation, searching for something more, something more than life in the West has to offer, with its materialism and commercialism and superficial spirituality that doesn’t speak to the soul.” He believes that being a pilgrim, on a journey with Christ, is really what being a Christian is all about.  The walk with Christ is a path full of surprises, opportunities and transformation.

The Camino is sometimes called the route of therapy, la ruta de terapia.  Continue reading

What Kind of a King is Jesus?

Luke 19:28-44

This week we have joined the world in watching a show of force and military might.  You might call it muscle flexing.  Kind of a “See what we can do!” exchange.  First you have the Syrian leader using chemical weapons on his own people (again!), and then you have the US leader sending a bomb shower on the military base which was identified as the source of the chemical weapons.  Now everyone is on pins and needles.  What is next?  Who will make the next move?  And what other nations will be jumping in on one side or the other?  Will 59 bombs bring an end to another country’s civil war?  Or will it take more?  If so, how many?  It is complicated.  And it is ultimately a contest of who can be the strongest, the mightiest, the best equipped militarily to crush the ones defined as enemy.

The events this week remind me of the military show of force which entered Jerusalem from the west on the same day Jesus and his friends entered the city from the east.  Continue reading