Today have gathered together to celebrate the love of God as revealed to us in the legends and stories of St. Christopher. Christopher lived during the third century, a time when it wasn’t easy or admirable to be a follower of Jesus. Actually, the government, at the time, use to forbid it in many places because followers of Jesus had a way of breaking the rules! They tended to work outside of the norms of society and the social constructs that were deemed appropriate. They placed their love for God, love for neighbor and love for self before their love for the rules and politics of the time. As we all know politicians and rich men, even of our own time, do not like it when individuals go against their mandates and beliefs and it was no different when Christopher walked the earth.
Now, Christopher was a man we have to allow our imaginations to form in order to truly appreciate his appearance. Accounts tell us he was a huge burly man that was seven and a half feet tall! He was said to have a fearsome look, the type that would cause many of us to quickly turn and head in a different direction. Mind you, a few of us might have run towards him but that is a thought for a different time! Now, Christopher was the servant of the local king where he lived in the country of Canaan. He had a pretty good life. But he had a deeper desire to be the servant of the most powerful ruler in the world. You see Christopher wasn’t satisfied with good enough; Christopher wanted to be a part of something great, something incredible, something unlike anything else. And so he set out on a journey where he found a king who was known to be invincible and above all other kings and queens and rulers.