By Samuel Clear (Mission Coordinator & Managing Director of Harvest Inroads)
There’s a moment in the Gospel of John, after the crucifixion, where the disciples have been left speechless and overwhelmed with disillusionment. Peter’s response was simple, “I’m going fishing,” and the disciples followed. The next morning, after a frivolous time-passing night tossing nets back and forth, the risen Christ appears on the shoreline and with a fire crackling away invites them to come and sit, to enjoy a BBQ on the beach with the creator of Heaven and Earth.
For all that we saw and experienced in these past few weeks, the sense of overwhelming enormity could easily swamp us. “How do we take what we encountered into our everyday lives?” As Jess noted in her final post though, the answer does seem to lie in joy-filled hope and unity. Before we departed the USA, when it all seemed like it was a bit overwhelming, Bishop Peter tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Sam, where do we go from here?” I’d heard that question many times over from the pilgrims, but not from this angle. He continued, “I don’t want to head back to Sydney and just leave the journey on pilgrimage. We need to sit down and discuss what we can do back in Australia.” Indeed, we do, and in some way each pilgrim has began that journey – resting for a while, taking stock of what has transformed us and moving forward with hope to unite ourselves with the suffering, the despondent and the vulnerable, to uphold the dignity of life.
We’re home, we’re rested and we’re still breaking out into random smiles, quietly recounting the privileged moments we were immersed in on this inaugural Guadalupe Expedition. From everyone here in the Harvest Inroads office, we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the pilgrims, mission providers, guides and inspiring contributors of this foundation-setting journey. To Bishop Peter & Jess – thank you for serving with extraordinary competence and joy. While each individual pilgrim’s journey in life takes shape as a consequence of this pilgrimage, so too does the life of Inroads. A Brazil mission trip in July and two to the Holy Land next summer. As for a second Guadalupe Expedition in 2013? Well we’ll see what comes of these ‘chats’ with the Bishop…
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God bless and peace be with you. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.