A couple of weeks ago was Holy Week, a season of great importance for those of the Christian faith. In Spain, wherever you went you saw beautiful processionals where Catholics showed their faith and devotion by carrying religious floats, candles and crosses all to honor Christ and the events leading to his crucifixion and resurrection. Each night men and women of faith take to the streets to show their devotion to their faith either as a part of the procession or to be a witness to them. For some, it means hours upon hours of navigating the streets of their town while carrying a float that weighs 3,000-5,000 pounds. To be there and watch them is amazing but to be in one of the churches where they begin, as I was one night, and see them do something near impossible was awe inspiring. To exit the church, they had to kneel with the float perched on their shoulders and literally crawl out so that it could fit through the door. This display of devotion is decidedly Catholic and distinctly Spanish.
I share this story not because, since it is Easter we should talk about church things, but because I think there is a lesson to us all, people of a particular faith or not, about the length and depth we may be required to go to for something we believe in. When things are important to us we fight for them, we sacrifice for them, we give everything we have for them, especially if they are difficult. Sometimes it is because they are difficult that we really strive for them. Could this church make changes to make it easier to get the floats out of the building? Yes, but maybe the challenge is the point. Just because something is easy doesn’t mean it is necessarily the most worthwhile thing.
I want to close with a quote from President John F. Kennedy’s Moon Speech: “But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
— Ron (Chaplain Taser)