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10/22/18 Weekly Reflection

Oct 23, 2018

 

We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.

May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.


 

Archery hunting season in Virginia starts the first Saturday in October. This year the temperature on that first day was almost 80. The night before in the room at my hunt club, which has no air conditioning, it felt more like a sauna than like the crisp cool air we long for during this season. Less than 2 weeks later I had the opportunity to be there again for the evening and the thermometer was much lower. I decided to check out the gas heater in the room and was thrilled when it lit and began to take the chill off. The warm glow of the gas fire filled the otherwise dark room with a nice warm glow.

How quickly the seasons had changed! This first chill of the season can be quite sobering.This happens with our Church year as well. As November draws nearer the leaves begin to change color and we turn our attention from the “regular” times of summer to reflect on fall and the end of the liturgical year and, perhaps, even the end times. An illness in the family of new aches and pains in these older bones may remind us that the seasons of life take their toll form all living things.Take a moment to reflect on how your life has changed over these past seasons. Reflect on those who have left us and gone before us to experience a new and different life.

Take stock of where you are right now. You may be surprised to find that there is a warm glow that is waiting to burn within. A glow that can’t be felt in the heat of our busy summers, but only lights when we slow down and cool off a little.That light has been there all along waiting for you to experience the change of your seasons. The fall is upon us. Winter is close but with the warmth and light of Christ we will be ready for the days ahead.

It is good to remember the years of our lives, to smile at the good times and ask forgiveness for the things we could have done better. It’s good to remember family and friends whom are no longer with us. Take a moment or two this season for reflection. Post a picture of a deceased friend, parent, child or spouse on the November memory board in the commons of Epiphany and remember that there is beauty in every season, light that fire and sit a spell. Knowing that the Jesus you carry within will warm and protect you though them all. Then let that light shine for others to see and feel, so they can be warm as well.

 

-Deacon Arthur Mendez

Comments

  • JoePosted on 10/23/18

    May I add this thought to your reflection of this Fall season. The season of brilliant gift given to us from our merciful God.

    The Brilliant Gift

    Thanks be to God, Autumn is on the way back,
    Last warm sunshine falls upon the grassy path ways,
    Leaves on branches racing to change their dresses,
    Ablaze with new color in the brilliant golden rays.

    In the blue open sky birds wandering,
    Far away distance wind visiting golden leaves,
    Oh my heart is like a tiny kite floating,
    On the wing of Autumn wind I, also, greeting.

    Picking up the withered leaves to feel the warmth,
    For, God's love wrapped inside each leave,
    God's love is filled in the air,
    For the life, love of God I breathe.

    Thanks be to God for the brilliant gift,
    The colors of God's grace and healing,
    Suddenly, I realize why the Autumn is so withered
    Because this world still has so much sufferings.

    Thanks be to God for the colorful Fall,
    Autumn in exile full of immense nostalgic days,
    God's love is greater than the universe
    I am a lowly servant, my mercy Lord, how can I repay?

    Thanks be to God for a vibrant color present to this world,
    Like the love of God for humanity,
    God died for mankind to live,
    For this life, forever and ever, in God's love and mercy

    Joe Nguyen

 

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