Sunday, February 21, 2010
Cheshire Cat and Alice: On a Pilgrimage
This morning's sermon at United Church of Chapel Hill, Rev. Rick Edens pulled on this story from the Cheshire Cat and Alice in talking about the people of Israel on pilgrimage, and people who wander to being a pilgrim people with a purpose:
From Alice in Wonderland:
'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'
'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.
'I don't much care where----' said Alice.
'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.
'----so long as I get somewhere,' Alice added as an explanation.
'Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, 'if you only walk enough.'
We are a people on a pilgrimage, knowing which way we are going, unlike Alice. There are wanderers, like Alice, and there are people with a destination, like the people of Israel.