I am planning to read Fr. Martin’s latest book Jesus: A Pilgrimage during my upcoming Ignatian retreat this September. Heather King did so during her own recent retreat and wrote a brief review of the book which is about his trip to the Holy Land and him meditations, observations and stories he made while there.
Perhaps it’s a reflection of my current burnt-out state regarding humanity, or just as likely the fact I had a bad day Sunday (bad being a relative, poor pitiful me term) followed by little to no sleep. But the following anecdote leapt off the page at me as described by Ms. King:
Of course, not everyone visits the Holy Land with the orientation of heart we might wish. At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Father Martin observes the guy in front of him obsessively fooling with his smartphone.
“Probably ignoring some code of pilgrim’s etiquette, I peeked over his shoulder to see what could be so important and half-expected him to be typing, ‘Can’t talk. In church where Jesus died. Call you in five.’ Instead, he was playing a video game.”
Followed, I suppose, by his taking a selfie of himself in line at the church and posting it to Twitter (#HolySelfie!) or Facebook.
So to recap…
While looking at this:
…and standing in line outside of this:
…once inside, he may have missed this:
Sorry…that was rather sarcastic of me. I’ll make it for it next time. Perhaps after my retreat.
In the meantime I’ll be found tonight looking westward towards yet another boring, same ol’ same ol, nothing special to see sunset.