The journey to the priesthood has taken me all over the world. In 2008, I made a pilgrimage to Sydney, Australia for the World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI. We are pictured here praying before the remains of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
Today’s saint is the patron of pilgrims. His relics remain the focus of the world’s most popular pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The sons of Zebedee wanted to sit at the right side of Jesus and yet Jesus draws them to a much deeper challenge. Namely, to drink the cup which he is about to drink. The cup of suffering, passion, and love in its truest form. To drink from such a cup is very difficult. When you look at the bigger scope, the sons of Zebedee would soon drink that cup by their martyrdom.
In this Year of Faith, we will make our own respective pilgrimages. Often times much sacrifice is required in order for us to grow and to come to meet Jesus. We meet him through other pilgrims, through our tears, liturgies, devotions. Rightfully so as we make our final pilgrimage towards heaven.