The pilgrimage symbolizes our life. We do not settle down. We resist to what drains our energy. We do not let our questions suffocate. We let our horizon be widened.
In some ways, our life is a pilgrimage, a pilgrimage towards the Kingdom of God. We belong to this pilgrim church that we pray for at each mass. It is not always easy to know the way though. That is why we walk “In Their Footsteps…”! We walk in the footsteps of the other pilgrims before us (parents, family, friends), of the church, of the saints, and most of all in the footsteps of the Saint of saints, our Lord in the person of the Trinity. Jesus tells us “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life” (Jn 14:6) and promises to send us “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name” (Jn 14:26). So, let us go throughout France knowing that Jesus will be there with us! “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:20)
Life, like a pilgrimage, is about setting out on the road and accepting the difficulties – first of our all our own weaknesses – and persevering to the end. Jesus is our way. He accompanies us like he did for the disciplines of Emmaus.