Archive for December, 2016

In the beginning…

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

I am so grateful that my church, St Timothy, offers Saturday morning daily Mass! This enables me to go to Mass every day of the year! The church is still as if waiting for the wedding ceremonies that will inevitably take place on Saturday afternoon, and she awaits the vigil Masses of Saturday evening (one in English and one in Spanish), and of course she stands ready to receive the mass quantities of Sunday worshippers. But for a moment it is very quiet and mops and brooms and rags are stacked against the back wall while we celebrate the end of the week, and today, the end of the year.

The gospel reading this morning hearkens back to the beginning of Genesis as Saint John writes, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (old translations say… he placed his tent among us). From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace… grace and truth came through Him.” and so we remember the words that are emblazoned on our memory… “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth”. Memory. Today, New Years Eve, is a day for memory… Today we remember what we did and what we meant to do and sometimes, what we failed to do… Whom did we help and whom did we not help? No matter … memory is gone. Today asks us to look forward. Regardless of “what happened” let us look forward and think of the graces… “grace upon grace.” Regardless of the profit or loss of last year, it is necessary to remember the words I’ve printed above from the beginning of Genesis and from the beginning of the Gospel of Saint John… and to thank God for every moment of life.

Without an open heart, we cannot tell the beauty of God’s creation. Let us pledge to be open, to look for the bright star, to welcome the gifts and the hope the gifts promise. Let us pledge to discern the beauty in the world. Let us see the gifts. Go outside and welcome the sun and watch the sunset. Notice that the morning star is already there, hanging in the West… waiting for the next dawn. Gift upon gift, grace upon grace! Let that peace and grace-filled waiting influence all your actions this coming year… thoughts, work, actions. God bless you!

A time for reflection

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

The other day I was scrambling around the house picking up stuff and laying down stuff… moving piles to accommodate other newer piles… losing stuff and searching for stuff. I bought a hinged frame for my sister Annette’s pictures (my sister passed away when she was 7 and I was 1 1/2 and I have her two photos.) When Chuck helped me remove her photos to replace some broken glass, we found photos of my grandmother and grandfather behind Annette’s pictures. Wow! My mother must have put Annette’s pictures there to keep the little one’s memory alive and I guess back in 1949 there wasn’t money to buy another frame so Annette went on top of grandparents. So anyhow the other day I bought a new hinged frame and went looking for Annette’s pictures that I had marked “Annette” and put on top of a pile of papers on top of the file cabinets. But I moved one of the file cabinets out a few weeks ago. OH NO!!!! The pictures are gone!!! But I have an angel on my shoulder who directed me to where I moved “the stack of papers”… into a closet up on a shelf. Like I said… moving stacks, files, and stuff is what I do!!! As I fussed about the house trying to keep things organized, making beds, washing the kitchen, and dusting to get ready for company, I said to myself, “you need to stop for reflection. You don’t stop to reflect!!!!” And well, that’s obvious since I haven’t touched this blog since late November after the elections. Maybe the elections shut me up because every time I want to talk to people about it I get into trouble… either I’m right and it’s awful, or I’m wrong and it’s awful. No matter what way we think these days… life in the next 4 years is scary. I must run off to the airport to pick up first load of cousins Barbara and Kenneth. I’m going to promise to write daily!!!! Merry Christmas. May you find Christ in your hearts and call him, “Son of God, Emmanuel”. God bless you!