Bringing the Text to Life
About 2,600 years ago, an old man of 80 years trudged toward the western border of China approaching what is now Tibet. When he reached the pass through which he would leave China, Lao Tzu (pronounced lau zu) was detained by the border guards. He could not leave, he was told, until he had put in writing what he believed.
According to legend, Lao Tzu sat down and stroked 5,000 Chinese characters which became the Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power). Tzu himself became known as the father of Taoism (Tao is pronounced dow). The ancient Chinese philosophy has been popularly reduced to the notion that to be happy in life, one must “go with the flow,” or follow the Way.
Some 600 years later, Jesus, the Son of God, visited us, and — as we remember on this first Sunday of Lent — showed us the Way, and declared himself to be the “way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
It’s important to remember this since we’ve been mired in a post-dotcom, post-9/11 economic slump for three years now...