He was in the hospital wing in the prison - a good person who had been lured by the vampire of addiction. He said to me, "I will give you an image for my life, Father. I'm driving at 100mph down the motorway and I can’t take my eyes off the rear view mirror".
Great image for those who can't enjoy what is in front of them because they canonly live in the past.
And then, some of us might worry so much about the future that we barricade our minds and our hearts against anything creative or new. Worst still, who among us is immune to the odd glance at our stars, or the odd trip to the fortune teller, fortune cookie types who tell us what we think we will need to get an edge on what is to come.
The true Prophet may have an insight into the future. But only because they are so present to the present moment. I think that Jesus is trying, in today's Gospel, to help us to understand the
meaning of our suffering. His disciples must endure the violence and the death throes of a way ofthinking and acting which relies on violence. Jesus asks us to trust Him as these are brought to the morning of a new day. A time of reconciliation and of Peace.
In these days of transition, we are asked to witness and to cling to the Love that is our
life. The Love that holds us through death. The Love that loves to breaking point. The Love that loves without regret and without end.
Whatever has happened to us, and whatever will happen, there is no one betterexperienced, or qualified to teach this lesson than Jesus.