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Assistant Pastor Donna Pollock
“To go underground” is a meaningful expression for many people. During our week of Vacation Bible Camp with children, our theme focused on the underground church. Due to persecution from the Roman authorities, Christians were forced to meet secretly for worship and fellowship in underground cemeteries known as catacombs. Just recently, catacombs have been in the news.
The 1,600-year-old Catacombs of Domitilla in Rome have been unveiled and opened to the public after seven years of challenging restoration. Spanning more than ten miles, the Domitilla Catacombs contain an underground basilica and four levels of corridors, chambers, and crypts where 150,000 Christians and martyrs are buried, according to The Christian Century. Long ignored and forgotten after the collapse of the Roman Empire, many of the catacombs were rediscovered in the 16th century. Though not unknown, many remarkable and decorative frescoes have been found over the past 25 years in rooms covered with a patina of black grime, algae, and graffiti. But it was the timing that caught my attention. Or, my own dawning awareness. At just the right moment! I thought to myself, how like God!
This is what the Bible calls a kairos moment. A moment in time where heaven and earth intersect, where revelation is granted us and breaks into our realm. An “Ah, ha! Moment.” At just the right time, God discloses something new or helpful, perhaps otherwise unknown or disconnected. God makes something known to us, and not a second too soon or a moment too late.
It wasn’t so much the frescoes in the catacombs, but something else. As they in sports, it’s all about the timing.