Perhaps during the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the gargoyles performed their duties well. Though much was lost, much was gained and retained. It brought the people out in large numbers as they cried, held hands and sang hymns in one voice.
Whenever the burnt-out interior was shown from Paris, the huge golden cross stood starkly for all to see. During this Holy Week, I thought of the song, “Because He Lives , I Can Face Tomorrow.” They said that even a well-known bee colony survived the fire.
The cross is still offering hope and serves as a silent reminder that it stands to address our wants and our needs. It reminds us of our brotherhood because in times of great fear and sorrow, we cling to one another.
And as the gargoyles worked overtime, much was salvaged, and billions of dollars have poured in from around the world. The towers still stand and much of the structure of this beloved building seems to be sound.
No matter how much we have gained materially, we still have a deep childhood respect for the church as a vital part of our community and civilization. Some may not have sung hymns in years because we have allowed our busyness and social media to run rampant in our lives.
But this frightening event made us all pause and realize how far we may have ventured off course. As we take things and people for granted, in times like these, we stop to reclaim our direction as we lean on what has proven to be tried and true.
Lynn M. April 20, 2019