by Fr. Stephen Veselsky
Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! Job 19:23-24
History teaches us about different types of writing. Starting with palm leaves, linen cloth, rock and metal engravement, tables from stone, wax, lead, animal skin, papyrus, and finally, printing on paper. Job’s wish was fulfilled and his words were written, probably in all the mentioned forms.
However, there is another type of writing – a supernatural one. In Exodus 24:12, God instructed Moses “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” And also, we are reminded in the Book of Revelation 20:12, about the final supernatural writing, “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.”
The time span between these two supernatural writings is immense, generations and generations of people were born, lived and departed. However, greater than the distance between these two writings in time is the distance made up of sin. The distance of sin cannot be crossed in any other way but over the bridge made from the Cross of Christ.
Perhaps, the next time when you write a post card to your friend, or type an e-mail on your computer, you may recall this passage. You may recall that Job had suffered so that you may learn from His suffering and accept your own. It is a mystery of the Cross that we suffer, but on the end of this narrow and winding path of suffering is our face to face meeting with Christ. And that meeting lasts for eternity.
Fr. Steve serves as a missionary in the Czech Republic