It seems to me that this is one of the great wonders of the Christian faith. We take seriously that Christ was born, incarnate into the mess of humanity. That somehow this mess is blessed by God and is even "good" as it crossed the threshold of creation. But people are irritating. We don't always love one another as we should. We don't always act noble and there are times when we willingly and knowingly allow ourselves to rationalize all kinds of wrongs, if not down right evils.
I've come to realize that this is one of the reasons why I like the Holy Sepulchre so much. It's because it is utterly divine and so painfully human at the same time! Standing reverently
I of course come to the Sepulchre as often as I can, but during this season I come especially not to touch the hill of Golgotha or go to the tomb; but to look at the ladder. You see in 1852 there was so much fighting and bickering among Christians in the Holy Land that the law of Status Quo was
put into effect. It states that nothing can change from how it was in 1852. So what ever you were allowed to do in 1852, what ever boundaries there were---they have to be the same today. That's why it takes minor miracles to get anything done in the Sepulcher. Well in 1852 the Franciscans were allowed to have a ladder in place behind the stone of purification for a hundred days or so from Easter onward
|See the ladder to the left?|
Here's a better view from up top!! It's there
because it CAN BE BY GOD!