At 1 p.m. Tuesday, I am back at my hotel for a while. We had an early start today– well before 8 a.m.–as we traveled to The American International School in the northern suburbs of Vienna. Our meetings there were productive and thorough. We had a brief break during our meetings; one of the teachers walked us up the hill to take in the view of the Vienna Woods.
This area is north of Heiligenstadt, which in itself is north of Vienna proper. Heiligenstadt is famous for wineries (the vineyards for which are around the American School) and also famous as the place where Beethoven wrote his famous Heiligenstadt Testament.
Later today = more meetings, but for now we have a bit of rest in the midst of a hectic schedule.
The hotel has moved a patio table and chairs onto my balcony, and the weather is glorious enough that I am currently seated outdoors. Blue sky abounds, and the sidewalk is filled with those in transit and those just walking.
My mind is very much back home today, as I’m listening right now to NPR’s morning coverage of the events in Boston. Evil has again reared its monstrous head. And I am, in this season of Easter, reminded of the words of the New Covenant, as expressed in the Pascha Nostrum:
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death,
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.
And, as my student Jeffrey Allison wrote today, quoting Alexandre Dumas, “Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment and be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm… and shout ‘do your worst, for I will do mine’.”
And this reminder, thanks to Heather Patterson, whose husband is with me on this business trip: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” ~Hebrews 12.1
E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, and save this ravaged world, for we have met the enemy, and he is us.