I’m on vacation this week, visiting Cuzco, Perú, with my friends Tina and Ben. Each afternoon so far has brought unexpected joys, and I give thanks for these glimpses of grace. Once I get back home I hope to have pictures of some of these, but I want to share what happened yesterday while it’s fresh in my mind (especially since no photography was allowed).
They were singing as we entered Santo Domingo church partway through the mass. New confirmands were being received, and the church was filled with families celebrating this rite, their youngest members dressed with frills and playing in the aisles while their older siblings wore parochial school uniforms for the celebration. As the teenagers went forward for the sacrament the musicians sang Himno del Misionero. The chorus begins with words that translate: “Take me where people need your word, where they need my zest for life.” The priest reminded those newly confirmed that now in all aspects of their lives they are bearers of Christ, and that they should take on this new responsibility with gladness, in love and service to neighbor. Standing at the back of the church, I was filled with hope that some number of these young people will take that charge to heart, and step forward into new possibilities in Christ’s service. Así sea. So be it.
I’m off to find some dinner and get to bed early–bright and early tomorrow we head out for the Inca trail, and, God willing, we’ll arrive at Machu Picchu early Thursday morning! This will be a very posh approach to backpacking, but it’s my first time, and prayers for good health and stamina, safety, and decent weather are appreciated.
What has inspired you this weekend? What new challenges await you?