Thursday, August 11, 2011

The book of Kells

We were in Dublin this past week!  We had the wonderful opportunity to visit Trinity College and to view the "Book of Kells!"  The book of Kells is an incredible copy of the four gospels in the New Testament, written on vellum(animal skins).  The monks who did the work didn't simply copy the text they also incorporated some incredible art.  All this took place around 800 AD.  Interestingly as this incredible work was going on in Ireland while across the rest of Europe others were seeking to destroy art, literature and God's Word!


Art from the Book of Kells!
As we viewed these pieces of history and heard the story I could not help but think about how we too are called to share this word.  There we were at Trinity College viewing these ancient documents in a language we could not understand.  We were admiring the beauty of those documents.  We were awed by the detail the scribes used in putting together this incredible book.


Yet as we stood there looking at the Book of Kells I could not help but wonder how many were viewing it, yet while missing it.


Church of Ireland, Donegal!
This beautiful land is steeped in church history.  It's villages, towns and cities are graced by some incredible cathedrals and churches.  Wicklow is no exception.  We were in Donegal, Ireland the other day.  As we drove off the town center we saw this incredible church building.  It was beautiful.  I found myself wondering how many people saw this everyday, but missed it.


Trinity College Library!
It's so easy to focus on a book.  It's so easy to focus on a building when what our world needs is an encounter with the "Living Word".  When what the world needs is an encounter with the "Living Stone - Christ."


My prayer is that Jesus would be reflected in me and you.  Remember what Jesus said,




I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (Jn 17:22–23)