21 March 2009

Goodbye, yellow brick road

An interesting choice for a title, don't you think? I'm not sure what attracted me to this particular thought, save to say that I wanted to say something about leaving Oscott and going on placement. It is, at least in my mind at the time of writing, the song from Elton John's 7th studio album. It is, indeed, the album title. Whilst I was surfing around for a suitable picture, I came across an interesting comment about the song.

The song, specifically the yellow brick road, is a reference to The Wizard of Oz. Let me quote from songfacts.com, the note:

The Yellow Brick Road is an image taken from the movie The Wizard of Oz. In the movie, Dorothy and her friends follow the yellow brick road in search of the magical Wizard of Oz, only to find they had what they were looking for all along.
Whilst I reflect on leaving Oscott (which is, after all, only temporary) then it seems very apt to talk of searching for some magic. I think about priesthood and all that my life will entail, and I seek the all-seeing, all-knowing solution to life. The thing that will get me through. I hear you calling out - stop it already! I know it is God, I know. Sometimes, just sometimes, it is nice to search and find rather than not even bother setting out from home at all because you know the answers. Does that make sense? Of course it doesn't, but I hope you know what I mean. Even though, like Dorothy and the others, that which we seek was with us all along, it often takes the journey to find it.

So, what do I mean? I'm far from home, excited and ready for the challenge/journey. So, bring it on! The answer is already within, but boy do I intend to enjoy the searching.


  1. Hmmm...You see it as goodbye yellow brick road, I'd like to see it more as Welcome to the Emerald City.

  2. Do not stay blindly but go well, and find God anew each day, reflected not only in the souls of those you meet but also your own as each day brings its new lessons. God may be here, now, but He's also waiting just around the corner ready to be found once again. And that's the excitement of faith!



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