Today’s readings should shock us! First we hear of Sarah doing something unjust and downright nasty. Then we hear Matthew's version of Jesus' encounter with the demonic on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.
"Don’t perform righteous deeds to others will see them. Don’t show off that you are fasting. Don’t pray to be seen. Rather pray in your inner room."
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"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. They will see his face." (Revelation 22:1-4)
What if Adam and Eve didn’t sin? What would have come of it all? Don’t get me wrong: Eden must have been a nice place, but was it to be the end of the story? In any case, it was to be just the beginning of the human story. We have no way of knowing God’s Plan A, at this point, now after Adam and Eve provoked Plan B, i.e., the “after the fall” scenario.
Our poor tired world can seem submerged and stuck in an opaque quagmire. Yet what does God intend? What is His perspective?
MAY is Mary's month, and I Muse at that and wonder why: These are the opening words of a favorite poem of mine that I like to return to during the Month of Mary, May Magnificat, by the great Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. Asking why May is Mary’s month, he invites us to get caught up with her into praise of God and into the life of the Spirit!