It is Tuesday. Not much is happening, except P. Phil did not see his shadow. I am confused. Does that mean 6 more weeks of winter, or that spring is only 6 weeks away? Today is the Feast of the Presentation. Jesus was taken to the temple and brought into the Jewish community.
Todays reflection is about the Sun, and the Son. I even give a little homage to the musical “HAIR”!!
Quote or Joke of the Day:
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.
… as the glory of the LORD entered the temple by way of the gate which faces the east, but spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court. And I saw that the temple was filled with the glory of the LORD. (NAB Ez 43: 4-5)
“Rises in the East, and sets in the West.” When I was a child, altars were preferred to be placed so all could be facing east, and even the priest, during the Eucharistic part of the mass would have his back to the congregation; facing east as well. Interestingly, there is a resurgence of the “Old” mass in two different forms, with one having the priest standing this way again. If interested, there are a couple of church’s in the St. Louis area presenting the “traditional” form of the catholic mass; and EWTN also airs a form of the mass at 11 a.m. each day.
The past month has been fairly depressing: weather wise. With the exception of a few days, there has been no sun in St. Louis for the past 4 weeks. The days when the sun had peeked its little rays out, brought with it an increase in mood, excitement, and smiles on my family and friends.
I sit at the kitchen table to write these reflections, and it just so happens that the kitchen windows are the first to allow the morning sun into the house. I so much enjoy the light and warmth it brings. It seems the kids get ‘motivated’ a little fast when the sun shines in the windows. The light and warmth of the sun brings with it – life!
So does another “sun”. The Son of God brings life to all who wish to bask in HIS light and warmth. Jesus entered into our lives, and entered Jewish society on the eastern edge of ancient Jerusalem, where the temple was located. Surprisingly, or maybe just ironic, is the fact that Jesus was crucified , died, and was buried at Golgotha, on the western edge of ancient Jerusalem; ‘rising in the east and setting in the west’ only to rise again.
As the “SON” ascended to heaven, so does the “SUN” ascends in the heavens each and every day. We may not always see the sun, but its light and warmth is still there; block by the clouds. We might not always see the “SON,” but HIS light and warmth is still there; blocked by the clouds of sin, dissatisfaction, and doubt. Look through the clouds and see the SON/SUN!!!
My prayer comes from a verse of a somewhat famous song from the musical “Hair.” I think it says it all.
“Oh, let it shine, c’mon
Now everybody just sing along
Let the sun shine in
Open up your heart and let it shine on in
When you are lonely, let it shine on
Got to open up your heart and let it shine on in
And when you feel like you’ve been mistreated
And your friends turn away
Just open your heart, and shine it on in”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #2:
The Secular Franciscan Order holds a special place in this family circle. It is an organic union of all Catholic fraternities scattered throughout the world and open to every group of the faithful. In these fraternities the brothers and sisters, led by the Spirit, strive for perfect charity in their own secular state. By their profession they pledge themselves to live the gospel in the manner of Saint Francis by means of this rule approved by the Church.