June 21, 2021

From our view in northeast Ohio, looking westward on Interstate 90, we know we could travel to the west coast — assuming our mind-vision is clear. If not, countless ways show how lost we can become if we don’t follow all the signs to stay on I-90. Even a GPS can lead us astray, but roads are not only practical mappings; they are symbolic tropes played out in songs, speeches, and homilies.

In a poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken, we hear familiar lines:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
It isn’t clear what the difference may have been, but there was some sort of effect.

However, there is a biblical response, but first, a few well-known biblical roads come to mind that catch our attention. There’s the road to Damascus, where the course of Saul’s life was forever changed. The road to Jericho certainly is the occasion to remember the unfortunate in our society through the lesson of the Good Samaritan; and, of course, the famous road to Emmaus, where two dejected disciples of Jesus lamented the death of their Redeemer only to be enlightened later at a meal with this wayfaring stranger that he was indeed, the crucified Jesus resurrected. The lesson here is all about the roads we take.

Then, Jesus, the ultimate road-master, tells us about roads “constricted.” We know these difficult roads leave us in doubt about everything we thought we knew and believed. Travel this road and hang on to that trusted biblical map, and we will “enter through the narrow gate.” And this road that we travel will make all the difference.

Let Us Pray:

Dear Lord, there are stones in my shoes, and my muscles ache. Your travel plans confound me, but despite myself, I will amble down this road with confidence that you know better than I. Amen.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.