Notre Dame is a warning to Europe: don’t take what you value for granted
From Gilles Gressani, writing in the Guardian...
The sorrow becomes even deeper when you realise that the catastrophe of Notre Dame represents so perfectly the condition of contemporary Europeans: people condemned to live among wonders, taking them for granted, ignorant of the fact that they may disappear– then suddenly finding themselves in a situation they’d never envisioned.
I can take that sorrow at least three levels deeper than the superficial sorrow caused by a smoldering landmark. Can you?
Today marks the anniversary of Our Lord's last supper. This happened the next day:
27 A large number of people followed Jesus. Some were women whose hearts were filled with sorrow. They cried loudly because of him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them,
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 The time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the women who can’t have children! Blessed are those who never gave birth or nursed babies!’ 30 It is written,
“ ‘The people will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
They’ll say to the hills, “Cover us!” ’ (Hosea 10:8)
31 People do these things when trees are green. So what will happen when trees are dry?” - Luke 23:27-30