I went downtown to help a friend get a collared clergy shirt. He spoke a little English even though his first language is French. He had come from Rome for a Holy Convocation. I was overwhelmed by the number of icons, so many little plastic Jesuses and Him still hanging on the cross. “Iconoclast……….the battle is real.” I doubt that he knew what I said. I started to weep wondering what Jesus would have thought of the things I was seeing in the shop. Would He have taken a whip out?
I felt like Paul in Ephesus when he rebuked the god Artemis and the idol makers set the people against him. I told my friend I felt like Paul in Ephesus but I doubt that he understood what I was saying. I hardly knew myself. I walked around the shop while my friend tried on the clergy shirt. What I was seeing was big business all over the world. On the shelf was a single crown of thorns and I questioned if this is what Jesus died for.
More than a savior
Jesus wants to be your LORD
And His will be done
dVerse prompt to write in haibun form