Days of New Beginnings

February 2019

As I am walking in the intricate streets of the old city of Jerusalem. I arrive to an apparently regular street that looks like any other street, but then I see that this street goes up… up to Calvary. This is the traditional Via Dolorosa, the street that it is believed Jesus walked, carrying the cross to Calvary. Along the street you can stop at certain stations that commemorate both the three passages that happened in the Bible as well as others that are traditional and believed happened that day. It is Friday afternoon, so part of the city has slowed down because of the Jewish Sabbath. There is a feeling of quiet, reflection, and meditation. During this pilgrimage, the Bible readings that I have read many times have a special meaning as I can put together places, people and events. Events both of sorrow and pain as well as of joy and hope. That is one of the lessons I have learned from this pilgrimage. The road is still uncertain and many times goes uphill. Am I willing to walk this way? Although it can be hard, there’s so much joy and hope at the end of the road. We have a message that in the end happened “on the third day”. It was a day of new beginnings! Shalom. See you Sunday in church!