The March

"In any case I must keep going today, and tomorrow, and the next day." Jesus (Luke, 13:33)

It is always important to move ahead steadily in search of a definite spiritual edification. It is indispensable to march, overcoming obstacles and shadows, transforming all the pain and anguish into ascending steps.

Charting His goal, Jesus referred to the direction of the march to Jerusalem, where the final glorification through martyrdom awaited Him. But, we can apply these teachings to our personal incessant experiences, on the route to the Jerusalem of our own redeeming testimonials.

Notwithstanding, it is imperative to clarify the character of the journey in the acquisition of eternal treasures.

Many believe that to move forward is to take a stand of evidence in the world, acquiring transitory positions of greatness and bringing the wealthiest people into their personal circle.

However, it is not so.

In this regard, those so-called "routine gentlemen" perhaps have greater possibilities in their favor.

The dominant personality, in ephemeral situations, has the road filled with dangers, with complex responsibilities, and atrocious threats. The sensation of grandeur augments the feeling of the downfall.

It is imperative to walk constantly, but this journey compels the eternal spirit toward the improvement of his inner conquests.

Very often, many persons who presume to be on the higher peaks of their trip toward the Divine Wisdom, find themselves practically paralyzed in the contemplation of "will-o-the-wisp fires." Let no one be fooled by these false rest stops.

It is important to work, to know, to illuminate ourselves and to attend to Jesus Christ daily. In order to fixate this lesson within us, we have been born on Earth, sharing its struggles, making use of the body, and on Earth we shall be reborn once again.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 20.