As I was pulling up weeds, doing a little pruning and planting pots of annuals, I thought about all of the spiritual lessons I have learned over the years in the garden. Weeds have taught me a lot.
“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.”
This Sunday is Pentecost, the great celebration of the Church when we “remember” the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles 50 days after Easter as they were huddled in the Upper Room. I think a close look at the prayers for Mass makes clear that we are “remembering” in the Biblical sense of the word.
“Man plans . . . And God Laughs” . . . or so the saying goes. Perhaps in these times, we should say, “Man plans and COVID19 laughs.
This Sunday’s second reading from the first letter of Peter reminds us to “conduct ourselves with reverence during the time of sojourning. . . realizing that you have been ransomed . . . with the precious blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1: 17-19)
He is Risen! He is Truly Risen! Alleluia! In the Resurrection, Jesus truly conquered death and sin. Death could not hold him.