Summer’s gift

Brilliant blue sky

Radiating warmth

Soaked up

By the trees

And humans

Aware

Or not

Of this tableau

In its power

Simplicity

Aglow with God’s love

Of creation

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Summer

Busy?

Bored?

Time is perception

Filled with work or duties

Days whizz past

 

Summer holidays

Time stretches

Days pass

Yet seem slower

Until they end.

…and we turn around

And mourn their loss

An opportunity

A year comes to a close

A new one beckons

Nothing changes

It’s another day

And yet it is a liminal space

 

This is not ‘groundhog day’

This is an opportunity

To choose

Be intentional

About my relationships

About my actions

About focusing on love

As that which binds

Everything

 

Choose gospel values

And make heaven real

Each day

Hope is not dead

Hope doesn’t want

To die

But it can seem

Fragile

When fear of a return

To a place of pain

Grips

What seemed clear

Is now clouded.

 

Be still

Breathe

Trust

In your resources

And the love

From family and friends

That buoys.

 

Hope is not dead

Educating for the Lived Gospel #269

As much as we like to ponder matters, as humans, at times we need the concrete to learn or really grasp a point. The Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament speak of God’s love for us. At Christmas, we celebrate the Incarnation: God-with-us/Emmanuel – love made flesh. This is the concrete example that we humans need. This is what love looks like. Jesus and Mary live out what love looks like. They live out the unique and precious ways that Love can guide and shape us.

Gathering at Christmas with our family and friends, let us give thanks for the love that we share which binds us. This same love that can help us to lift the veil from our eyes and see that we are all one. This precious Christmas gift needs to be savoured each and every day.

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas!
Patrick

Educating for the Lived Gospel #268

Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. (Mark 13:33)

We arrive again at Advent. We anticipate Christmas. This might cause excitement, anxiety…or a little of both. This passage shows an awareness of human nature. We can be so busy making plans that we forget to live in this moment. We fail to ask: what’s going on? In so doing we can miss the joy and pain of our fellow human beings – the stuff of life. If we pay even closer attention, this is where God is at work – the Love weaving the tapestry of the universe.

So our task, for ourselves and the young people in our care, is to learn to be awake and aware. Aware of God at work in our lives: through prayer, through life’s events, through the love of family and friends. Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Incarnation but like a spiritual Big Bang, the Love continues to saturate us with its radiance. In the words of Michael Leunig: ‘love is always born’.

Have a great week!
Patrick

Countless blessings

Grace upon grace

Rain down on us

Or come onto our path

Day after day

 

The gift of sharing

A laugh

Or another’s joy

Or sorrow

 

The absence of pain

Or fear

Or guilt

Or worry

 

A sense of belonging

Being at home

Feeling appreciated

Loved

 

The revelation

That lies within

Our feelings

The wonder in each

Of our senses

 

The grace to see

The nuance of another

Beautiful sunrise

Or sunset

The shaft

Or glow

Or gleam

Of sunlight

The gobsmacking wonder

Of plants,

Animals,

Our world

 

May we have

The eyes to see

And appreciate

Our blessings

Every day