The object of pilgrimage is not rest and recreation – to get away from it all. To set out on a pilgrimage is to throw down a challenge to everyday life. Nothing matters now but this adventure.
-Huston Smith, (Foreword in, The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seekers Guide to Making Travel Sacred)
A pilgrimage is a journey of sacred and spiritual significance, often involving travel to a holy site. In the Christian tradition, pilgrimages often included sites from Jesus’ life, including those where he was born and crucified.
While we are not traveling abroad or visiting sites where Jesus once stood; we will certainly be standing on holy ground. As we take our bodies into these historic spaces that transcend time our prayer is that we may be remember all those who have gone before us. In partnership with one another, may we also receive a shared calling and a spiritual awakening.
We will soon discover that this trip is neither designed for recreation, nor rest. Instead the journey that we embark upon today is one of great discomfort and unrest. We, the pilgrims, do not know what God has in store for us; but we can rest assured that we have been called here to walk this road and share this journey together.
May God be with us all along the way.
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