We begin our descent towards the Easter Vigil with words of Passion. There is nothing other worldly about this descent or the passion of which we speak. In the words of the great Song, God on our Side? by The Neville Brothers, 'For many long hours, I've been thinking about this. That Jesus Christ was betrayed with a kiss. I cannot tell you. Only you can decide. If Judas Iscariot had God on his side'.
I found and cherished this fragment of a conversation between two Holy and Wise and Passionate men. Ponder it's meaning for your own life carefully this week.
They walked some distance. Then John spoke to Nicholas.
Perhaps, There is a deeper wisdom than vengeance, whose name is Justice.
Perhaps, There is a deeper wisdom than justice, whose name is Mercy.
Perhaps, There is a deeper wisdom than mercy, whose name is Forgiveness.
Perhaps, There is a deeper wisdom than forgiveness, whose name is Love.
A peach stone is gnarled and strong,
Not to be crushed in a mans fist,
Or broken with his teeth.
Yet the gentle touch of soil and
The soft warmth of the sun,
Prompts it's life.
Love kindles morality.
There are many who are wanting in Love. And so are we wanting in Love.
And so they continued their journey together in stillness of spirit.
(Sands of Time, Tales of Wisdom from the Desert. Derek Webster. St Paul's 1993. p.75)