I’m sure you’ve all heard of the saying “When handed lemons, make lemonade!” I find that phrase rather appropriate in these times. Let me site a few examples.
A few weeks back my two cousins, Julie and Jennifer, were on the news with their families because they wanted to bring joy to their mother who was isolated from just about everyone and everything due to chemo treatments for cancer. So Julie and Jenn had the beautiful idea to make some posters and stand outside in the cold rain and visit Mom (Grandma) via her window from above. As it turns out, their act of kindness not only made my Aunt tear up with JOY, but many other people in the same hospital who witnessed this act of love felt the same JOY that my Aunt did.
Fast forward a few weeks and my sister and her family made the news because the pastor of their parish, Immaculate Conception (Dardenne Prairie) had the inspiration to have the families of the parish take pictures of themselves and tape them in the pews (while observing social distancing) so he and his fellow priests weren’t saying Mass to an empty Church but had the people in the pews with them. It just so happens that the local news did a story on this and my sister’s family picture was one of the ones shown on the news.
My daughter Grace was on the news Monday night because she started a volunteer program that “feeds the front lines” meaning many people are donating to help feed the the first responders, nurses/doctors, anyone helping fight this battle against COVID 19. I am so proud of the work she has accomplished doing this and proud of the many smiles she has brought to the faces of those fighting the pandemic.
My last example is the people who share my house. Although we miss dearly not being able to see Grace and her family, Cecilia and her family, Ruth and Paul, the rest of us at the “compound” are making the most of the situation. We have meals together again. We walk together again. We play games – mostly UNO right now – together again. Last night, we built a fire in the old fire pit and sat around and listened to music, laughed, played and just enjoyed the simplicity of being together again.
We may not have a license to run this lemonade stand but we are making the most of what we have been given. I know my family all looks forward to ending the social distancing but we are making the most of what we can with it right now. Also – with all this air time – anyone know a good agent?
So how does this tie into anything in Today’s Readings? The simple answer to that is I don’t care if it does. The longer answer to that is that Christ has risen from the dead. He has inflamed His apostles with the Holy Spirit and they are out doing the works of the Lord. Our responsorial this morning is all about Rejoicing in Seeking the Lord. Our Gospel tells us how the eyes of the disciples were opened when breaking bread with Christ. So, I believe that every example cited in this post has everything to do with our readings today.
I need to do a couple of shout outs this morning before logging off…
My grand-daughter – MY ONLY GRAND-DAUGHTER – Audrey (or Arugula) turned 2 last Friday. Happy Birthday Audrey.
Richard’s wife Megan celebrated a birthday on Monday. I told her I would let her win ONE game of UNO against me.
My niece, Holly, celebrated a birthday yesterday. As a gift to her, I let her challenge Richard in a soccer ball juggling contest knowing she could beat him. She wouldn’t stand a chance against Uncle Jerry.
Do something great for our Lord today – share a meal with the “disciples” you live with; invite Him to dinner and share in the joy of His presence around you. To quote from my daughter Mary’s favorite Easter Hymn…Jesus is Risen let us sing. Praise to the everlasting King…Alleluia.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.
Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly on us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your loving will, which is Love and Mercy itself.