Summer Is Coming To An End!

end of summerThis past weekend we pretty much said goodbye to summer. Despite the still sunny skies and warm days, we know by the rhythm of our busy lives at work and school that the summer of 2014 is just about over.

“’That end-of-summer sadness, our language has no word for,’ wrote E. B. White, ‘but our human spirit picks up the first of its approach.’ We see it in the slant of the sunlight, the cool of the water. We hear it in the drone of the cricket chorus from the field: ‘Six weeks till frost, six weeks till frost.’

Footballs fly through the air; the first colors of autumn appear; the bulbs that will bloom in the spring beg to be planted in the still soft earth.

But still . . . there is time for an evening ball game, for an afternoon at the beach, for a backyard barbecue.

Each last warm day becomes precious, something to be hoarded like candy in a child’s pocket.” (Adapted from Golden Days by Arthur Vanderbilt)

Each September, nature teaches us the preciousness of every summer day. A careful reading of the gospels has Jesus proclaiming the same reality. Every day of our lives is to be lived to its fullest as we await the eternal summer of God’s dwelling place.

On Monday Pope Francis asked those gathered at Mass with him, “How do we receive the Word of God? The Church tells us that Jesus is present in the Scriptures, in His Word.” This is why, the Pope said, it is so important to “read a passage from the Gospel every day.”

Pope Francis explained that we should read a passage from the Gospel every day not to learn – “But to find Jesus right there in the Word. Every time I read the Gospel, I find Jesus. How do I receive this Word? Well, you should receive it like you receive Jesus, that is, with an open heart, with a humble heart, with the spirit of the Beatitudes. He came with the anointing of the Holy Spirit.”

The Pope concluded his homily by saying that if we want to hear and receive the Word of God; we must pray and ask the Holy Spirit for an anointing of the heart, which is the anointing of the Beatitudes.”

As he has frequently done, Pope Francis offered a suggestion that probably would be good for all of us to incorporate into the rhythm of our day. “Buy small Gospel, carry it in your pocket, your bag – pick it up when you can during the day and read a passage to find Jesus.”

Finding Jesus each day in this way will help all of us to live every moment of our lives as if it were the last day of summer – to seek and to embrace the greater, infinitely more important and lasting things of God.

Question – As the summer comes to an end take a few minute to give thanks to God for the memory of those warm, sunny days. Are there any you would like to share?





September 3rd, 2014 |