There are times when bible passages use examples to make a point, to teach a lesson … when to repeat them can be awkward and sometimes embarrassing. The temptation is to avoid any reference to them. The passage today from the prophet Jeremiah presents us with this dilemma.
Mighty oak trees line the carriage way leading to the main entrance of the stately 1905 mansion that became the administration building at Stonehill College. Still today visitors and employees often feel the sting of a random acorn striking them on the noggin!
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As I read and reflected over today’s first reading, my first reaction was: this could be in an epic movie scene! It doesn't end harshly but rather with a gentle and simply-powerful message.
Do you know what a bearing wall is? St. Paul did. He described it in the Letter to the Ephesians. Christ is our bearing wall, a wall that bears the weight of a house from top to bottom.
Once, a passer-by asked a blind boy who was flying a kite, “Hey, do you know where your kite is?” The boy replied, “I cannot see it, but I can feel the tug of the string!” The awareness of the presence of the Divine power in our lives is the same. We may not be able to see but can feel His presence and experience His power and strength!
Today's readings deal with danger, departures, and the sadness of being apart ... topics and emotions that many people are presently dealing with to one degree or another. We are looking to friends and family for a sense that someone else is in our boat and rowing with us. The gift is that through friendship in the Lord, though apart, we are united.