Most Holy Font!
Setting for Jesus’ Ministry
To stand at the bow of a boat on the Sea of Galilee
as many of the early disciples must have stood
rain blowing in my face …
mist too heavy to see much but the shadowy gray of the surrounding mountains …
cold wind cutting to the quick …
sounds of conversation from another boat …
a piper on the hills along the shore …
the chanting of the seagulls …
the lapping of the waters on the boat …
all break the reverie of early morning.
If you listen carefully in the silence
you can almost hear
the echoes of fishermen long past
Listen yet more carefully and you might hear
reflected from the surrounding hills
the echoes of a preacher,
whose followers called him
Tzaddik (Righteous One) and
His voice yet hovers over the waters
and hovers within my heart.
Lake mist, mountain fog …
and it all begins to emerge more clearly
Yes! the Gospel is written in words on paper.
But even more, He is inscribed on
the waters of Lake Kinneret, and on
the Plains of Bethsaida & Genneseret, and on
hillsides and mountains …
The Fifth Gospel the Galilee.
And, of course,
The Sixth Gospel …
written on the hearts of
the irascible fisherman named Peter,
the tentmaker named Paul,
the friar named Francis,
the civil rights leader named Martin,
the Presbyterian pastor named Bart,
and generations more
and generations yet to come.
And the writing began in a village named Compassion!