The burial shroud of Jesus Christ will be on display this spring from April 10 to May 23 in Turin, Italy. This is a rare event and will be attended by millions of people from all over the world. Italians will have to vie for their position in line amidst those who will travel thousands of miles to see the most famous and sacred relic in Christianity. Officials say they have already received one million reservations to view the shroud including Pope Benedict XVI on May 2.
I’ve been to see the shroud in its reliquary in Sindone Chapel in Turin. Simply standing in that room, looking up at the glass window through which the silver casket containing the shroud can be seen, with the sun beaming down directly on the gold adornment atop it, is a moving experience to say the least. There’s a wave of emotion that engulfs visitors amidst the black marble, the larger-than-life statues, the incredible architecture with its magnificent windows in the dome, the gold and silver, the sunlight illuminating the center altar that houses the Shroud. It’s unlike anything else in the world.
People are currently weighed down by economic woes, joblessness, earthquakes, illnesses, crime and frustration with our government. The general population is seeking some kind of relief from depressing situations and bad news. They quickly embrace the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, but these are only a temporary fix. Too soon, the fun wears off and the situation is unchanged. There ought to be something that really helps and lasts more than a weekend.
After the death and destruction of September 11, 2001, people all around the world, but particularly Americans, were in such pain and shock that they turned en masse to God, praying for comfort and help, flocking to churches, reading the Bible, expressing their faith in God. They reacted the same way after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. It’s been reported that revival in Haiti is in full swing. People are finding great lasting comfort and real help, answers to prayers and even miracles when they turn to God. But when everything is going well, they work and play and forget God, until the next horrific calamity when the cycle begins again
Events like the display of the Shroud of Turin, the Pope’s visit to America, the debut of the movie, “The Passion”, remind us to keep our minds on God in the good times and enjoy the benefits of comfort, help, and even miracles. The bad news and depressing situations would have less effect on us and we may even be able to resolve those problems with God’s help and answers to our prayers. But we get caught up in every day living and forget to stay close to our Creator.
I’m looking forward to the news coverage of the display of the Shroud of Turin and all the discussion of its meaning, which will include the death and resurrection of Christ. We need to be reminded. We need to turn back to the faith of our fathers. We need the stability of belief in our all powerful God and the principles in the Bible. If you can go to Turin, do it. You won’t regret it. If you don’t want to be in a crowd of millions, wait and go the next year. But keep in mind how inspiring and exhilarating it is to be among thousands of like-minded people in one accord. It strengthens one’s faith and encourages the heart. It’s unforgettable and will last far longer than a weekend. Find other ways and other events to stay connected to God and other people who share your beliefs. This is what you’re looking for, whether you realize it yet or not. It doesn’t matter whether men have proven the authenticity of the Shroud or not. It’s what the Shroud points us to that matters.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
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