Letter from Revd Helen Burnett.
The rhythm of walking has given me food for thought over the past few weeks and left me wondering what Jesus ministry, or the life of St Cuthbert and so many other early Christians, would have looked like in the age of the car!
Cars isolate us, they make us kings and queens of our own little private space and shield us from encounters with others, encounters with the elements or with the natural world.
In the gospels it is easy to forget the day-to-day details of the Jesus’ ministry and how much his life and work was impacted by the landscape he walked through.
Apart from the occasional donkey probably inserted for dramatic effect by the story tellers, Jesus’ time on earth was marked out in footsteps. Not airmiles or petrol station stops but by the distance covered on foot daily, in the lands we now call Palestine and Israel.
It is estimated that Jesus walked over 3,000 miles during his ministry;
putting one foot in front of the other, stopping to draw water, exchange salutations, resting in the shade was all a part of his daily routine.