As part of my Lenten devotion this year and A Pilgrim’s Draw, I have been reading about the Camino de Santiago and its traditions. One of the traditions of the Camino, or the Journey, is to mark the path with a scallop shell. The longest ‘ray’ points in the direction to follow.
It struck me today that if the sign is pointed heavenward, it forms a stylized sunrise. How appropriate and amazing!! The traditional goal at journey’s end for a pilgrim on The Way is forgiveness of his sins. During Lent we are focusing and contemplating on just that- the price Jesus paid for the forgiveness of our sins. But the story and our journey doesn’t end there.
We have been pilgrims following the Way to forgiveness, but now we can lift our eyes heavenward and see our journey’s end. Not at the Cross, not in death but in a glorious sunrise and promise. Jesus rose from the grave and ascended to heaven to prepare an eternal home for us.
Pilgrim, lift your eyes and your weary spirit. Look to the Son-rise and your journey’s end!!!!