I take great comfort in today’s First Reading from 1 Peter 5: 6-7:
“So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.”
Every so often this blogger needs to be reminded that God is still in charge. Lately I’ve been dreading the college graduation of two of our three children because their next phases of life involve out of state relocation. Instead of celebrating their accomplishments and trying to view life through their eyes, I keep retreating to the security of life as it always has been, the security of home and routine and planned outcomes. In a sense, I’ve become like a turtle deep in his shell.
This isn’t really what we, as an Easter people, a people of the Gospel are called to be. Have I already forgotten the joy of Easter? I noticed yesterday that the Easter lilies have all been removed from church but the azaleas are still flourishing. Shouldn’t I still be radiating the light of Christ instead of being sullen and sulky and downright moody?
In the Church of Mercy, Pope Francis reminds us “To be faithful, to be creative, we need to be able to change. To change! And why must I change? So that I can adapt to the situations in which I must proclaim the Gospel. To stay close to God, we need to know how to set out; we must not be afraid to set out.”
Even freshwater turtles need to come out of the water and bask in the sun. Basking strengthens their shells and keeps them healthier. Today, I too must bask in the SON and remember that none of us walk alone.