Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The Abbey of Gethsemani
Across the road from the monastery there is a hill. On top of the hill there is a rock formation with a large cross on top. I call the hill, Mt. Calvary. (The monks may have a different name for it.) It is a visual reminder of Christ’s sacrifice for us. There is a pathway for those who wish to ascend to the top. I have made the climb in the past but have not walked up during my sabbatical.
The Lexington Catholic sophmore class was back this day. They were on the grounds clustered in groups enjoying lunch, visitng the gift shop and doing what teens do, I noticed two young men making their way up Mt. Calvary. Soon they stood on rocks and called out to their fellow classmates. Slowly, various groups of sophmores followed. Before long, there was a large crowd on the hill gathered around the cross. On a sunny day, just before Noon it was a sacred site. Teens standing on Mt. Calvary.
I count it all joy,