Saint for the day: Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1577 – April 24, 1622)
Acts 4”23-31 – Psalm 2 – John 3:1-8
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” (today’s “Alleluia Verse before the Gospel.”)
In the Easter Season we are reminded that it is necessary to be “reborn” and born of water and the spirit. When the disciples prayed in the upper room the whole building shook as the spirit came upon them. There are two images – water & wind – both powerful elements with a wide range of results. Water – refreshes, cleans & sustains all life. But it also floods, drowns and destroys. The wind of the Spirit can gently move pollen and seeds to fertile ground where life is continued. But wind unchecked can blow down entire houses and leave nothing in it’s path. All things in moderation should be our goal. Washed clean but not drowned. Moved gently forward but not blown off. We’ve been having early spring rains these days which means I don’t get out for early morning walks as I often try to do. I’ll probably not get a bike ride today, but that can wait till another day.
So, I’ll stay here and begin again. That’s what Easter gives us: a chance to begin again. We go through Lent & Easter over and over, year after year with the same themes. Does anything change in our lives? Or is it the “same old same old?”
We need to ask the question, “What difference has Easter 2017 brought about in my life? How has this Easter affected my ministry here at St. Dominic’s. Sometimes I get discouraged and wonder if I’m doing anything positive. Today’s “Saint” Fidelis of Sigmaringen, a Franciscan who found a way to more perfectly follow Jesus. It brought me back to my own first beginnings when I was often “Porter” e.g. door keeper, at our House of Studies & was able to greet each visitor as if it were Jesus. Even though we had an electric button that would open the door, I always felt that whoever was coming to the priory wasn’t coming to be greeted by a loud buzzer, so I would get up and go and open the door. As I walked the few steps to the door I would actually try to visualize that it might be Jesus, or somebody making their last attempt to get their life in order and I couldn’t take the chance to give them one more example of a church-person who was rude or angry. I always thought that I needed to make my presence alone be a ministry of worth just to let people see me comfortable in the presence of God within. Even in spite of my personal short-comings, I can still affect some good. I might not have all the necessary degrees that others have but I still can look for the Christ in each person I meet. Well… these are my scattered thought on a cold and windy day in the 2nd week of Easter. God Bless whoever reads this! Amen!