Say goodnight to the light of the setting sun…
one more day, one more way for keeping track of all I’ve done.
I run this race, keep this pace, I’m doing fine…
and I won’t stop until each box gets checked a second time.
And life becomes the round and round,
revolving door that won’t slow down. It won’t slow down…
This routine is nice and clean, from dawn to dusk.
I rise and rest, I do my best. When will it ever be enough?
And life becomes the bigger noise…
drowning out Your little voice, Your little voice, Jesus.
We take stock, and we punch the clock,
and we make sure all those zeros have balanced in the end.
Do You wish, do You want us to breathe again?
Say goodbye to the lines that we’ve colored in…
brown and gray, day after day after day?
Do You cry, do You hope for all things made new…
try and try to invoke us to live in You?
We might be the hands and feet of this mystery.
This Mystery, written by Nichole Nordeman
This weekend’s Gospel is about our beloved Martha and Mary and ways to serve the Lord- how important for us to see the many ways we can serve- by quietly listening and by serving the needs of others. We all get caught up in the noise around us that we can forget to slow down, even for just a little while and listen- he’s calling us, by our names. Let’s listen.
As I write this, I am preparing for a little adventure to see my classmate Fr. Bob Monagle at his new assignment in, yes, Biloxi, MS. The heat up here obviously is not miserable enough for me, but I look forward to seeing him and exploring a part of these United States that I haven’t seen yet.
It’s time for a bit of a break, to see where we’ve come from and where I believe the Lord is calling. This weekend in the Cranberry Collaborative we are announcing some important changes- A new Mass schedule beginning in September, a process that members of the staff from all three communities went through in a manner that can only be described as excruciating, and moving the Sts. Martha and Mary offices to Sacred Heart Rectory, which will begin in mid-August. There is so much to do, but we do it together.
This past Sunday I had the honor to celebrate my first baptisms here as we welcomed 7 happy (by and large) babies into the loving arms of the Church at Sacred Heart. The atmosphere was so joyful that people didn’t seem to mind the temperature hovering around 90 degrees inside the church- the baptismal water was cool, thanks be to God.
Today, I passed by a store to find Christmas ornaments already on sale. As much as these summer days are sweet, the call of fall (my favorite season) preparation is being heard. Enjoy the heat, if you like that sort of thing. For those who don’t, it’s 7 weeks to the kickoff of the NFL season!