With all that's going on in the world, it has been rather refreshing to see so much energy focused on preparing for the solar eclipse. It even seems to have spawned a few business enterprises along the way!
Here in Florida we are outside of the so-called path of totality. I believe we will have about 75% of the sun covered over by the shadow of the moon. Enough to make a difference in the amount of daylight reaching us, but not quite the same as a total eclipse. Nevertheless it is pretty exciting!
The term "path of totality" is, I imagine, nothing new. But I never heard it before the current round of news stories about the eclipse. In ancient times, before folks had a scientific understanding of solar eclipses, many saw it as a harbinger of the end of time. While that's rather outmoded, I still have been thinking about it in theologically. I've come to believe it is a perfect the term is for describing what it means to follow Jesus. His way of life is a path of totality.
When asked what is the greatest of the commandments Jesus responds, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And the second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37) Love with every facet of your being! The whole enchilada! Love with and in everything you do, in everything you are!
This then is the way of Jesus, this way of love. It is a true path of totality. One that doesn't bring darkness into the world, but rather one that sheds ever increasing amounts of light into every corner of our being.
After Charlottesville, after Barcelona, after all the darkness of these past days, a little light and a lot of love would be most welcome.