Looks like this weekend we will once again be on the temperature roller coaster of spring. First warm and then cold, some rain and some snow and some sun. The children at St Joseph’s school so much want summer. The request every day is if they can take their coats off. You want them to be able to make good decisions. It would be helpful if they could ‘see’ the cold. I do playground duty a couple of times a week. I still wear a jacket, gloves, and a cap. Of course, standing still for an hour outside you do get cold. So, we let them take their coats off and try it. And they do learn. When they get chilled, they put their coats back on. Trying to understand what is cold for one person is not cold for someone else. I still wonder about those who wear shorts when it is below zero.
Faith has ‘eyes’ such as this. What is obvious to one person is not to another. Two families of faith can have completely different understandings of God, Jesus, and religion. One family can wrap themselves with their faith and feel warm and comforted. Another family may generate their warmth from an interior type of faith that cannot be seen from the outside. Faith is not a one-size fits all.
What will you see this weekend? Planning to come to mass? I pray and hope so. For wherever your faith is you still need the nourishment of the Eucharist. You still need to hear the Word of God. You still need the support of others. This will be a great weekend to get off the roller coast of hot or cold faith and accept who you are and to know you are loved by God.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen