Monday, November 3, 2008

Walking in Ancestral Steps

Yesterday was All Saints' Day, and next week's lectionary reading from the Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture hearkens also to our forbears, in which God renews the covenant with the people of Israel: "Then I took your father Abraham (and mother Sarah) from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many" (Josh. 24:3a).

This is as good a time to remember that the pilgrimage we find ourselves on today is but a continuance of a pilgrimage began before we were ever considered in the great scheme of things. While our footsteps are new to us, we follow the Pilgrim God, whose people have traipsed the soil of this land for generations on end. In doing something old--pilgrimage--we discover anew our faith in God.

Salaam and shalom.

Buen Camino!