The world desperately wants us to be depressed, terrified, sad, and angry. Just the other day, two people, age 50 and 78, got in a fight over a parking space. One actually killed the other. This is a sign of the stress and influence of the media and our politicians.
Life is really not like this, despite what the media reports. We need to walk away from this anxious life the world is trying to push on us.
Life is Christ.
From the Office of the Readings this morning:
“Mighty and wonderful are your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who would dare refuse you honor,
or the glory due your name, O Lord?
Since you alone are holy,
all nations shall come
and worship in your presence.
Your mighty deeds are clearly seen.”
… Revelation 15
Walking in the forest yesterday, some of the true beauty in the world found:
In the “Office of Readings” this morning, I found a note in my study Bible (Didache Catholic Study Bible) about the angel marking the foreheads of the people of God:
“This represents those who have been baptized and sealed by the Holy Spirit. The Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders bestow an indelible seal, or character, on the recipient. In Hebrew, the seal is represented by the letter tav (tau in Greek), which was shaped like a T and, therefore, was a type, or figure, of the future Cross of Christ. Since the first years of Christianity, Christians have traced the Sign of the Cross on themselves as a blessing. (CCC 1235)‘
At Mass, just before the Gospel reading, we trace the cross on our forehead, lips, and heart, saying “May the Lord be on my mind, my lips, and my heart”. It’s amazing that this is an ancient sign, going back thousands of years. This is the Tau sign, the sign of the Cross of Christ.
Last week, I spent some time in church, photographing the stained glass windows and statues. What amazingly beautiful signs these are. Most of the time, we ignore them, but there is such beauty right there before our eyes! Now that we’re banned from there, I think I’ll appreciate them even more when we can once again worship freely there.
Because you have kept my message of endurance, I will keep you safe in the time of trial that is going to come to the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming quickly. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one may take your crown. _ Revelation 3
Walking down an apparently brown dry boring path. But…..if you get close and look, Spring is here!
“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind. Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing. For He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile; let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil. Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right? But even if you do suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord.”
– 1st Peter:3ff
There is so much anger, fear, and sadness in the world right now. The media seem to want us all to be either angry or terrified. Hey, it increases ratings! Stories showing everyday beauty don’t make people click on them. Just yesterday I had “words” with a woman at Walmart who was upset with me for daring not to follow the lines on the floor or wear the ever popular mask. I was not loving in my response.
My advice: don’t read or watch the news anymore. It’s only purpose is to make you mad or fearful.
The world is still just as beautiful a place as ever. Nature is still there, all around us, laughing at our foolishness.
I was out photographing the local area yesterday (yes, defying the Czar, I mean Governor), and came upon this simple scene. Just had to capture it.
Also found this unique mailbox mount on a backroad:
The quote is from Psalm 46. With all the silliness around the you-know-what virus, all perspective has been lost. This will pass soon, it always does. We silly humans get all worked up about things, thinking the end of the world is at hand. It isn’t. This will pass shortly and we’ll look back, embarrassed about how we got ourselves in such a mental state.
There is only one thing that matters:
“I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.”
– 1st Corinthians 11
A few shots from a beautiful foggy Spring morning a couple of days ago.
Out wandering around on a sort of dreary looking day. But it’s not really. Just have to pay attention. The yellow grass just jumps out at you. Very soon it will all be turning green and things will be entirely different. I wanted to catch it before this version of reality went away.
The media is constantly trying to make us terrified these days.
But, this is not new:
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. – Matt 24:6ff
The best words of Jesus, now and always:
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” – Matt 6:28ff