October 04, 2020
Recently I was looking at a rosebush in front of the rectory. It is getting near the end of the season, but three beautiful red roses had all opened together creating a display that would take your breath away! I stood and just looked at them for at least five minutes, the rest of the world and the problems of the day all set aside for that wonderful peace filled moment. A few weeks ago at the baptism of a baby, the little one looked up at me and her eyes fixed on mine, and then this perfect little smile of delight lit up her face. Another moment that brought incredible peace.
In this weekend's readings we hear from St. Paul, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. â€¦ Then the God of peace will be with you." The evening news and the internet regularly bring us all the worldâ€™s troubles. St. Paul is bringing us the message of Jesus that we are to actively place, front and center in our minds, that which is pure and lovely. When we do, we will receive God's peace.
This weekend we celebrate "Respect Life Sunday." May we slow down to actively place, front and center in our minds, the wonder and beauty of babies; the love and wisdom of elderly persons as they near the end of their lives; and all life in between. As we think about them, and set aside the troubles of our world, let us feel that incredible peace God promises whenever we look upon "the pure and lovely." And may those moments recharge and inspire us to defend and honor them.