Category Archives: Lenten thoughts

Time Out for March

This is the mid-point between two mighty events that are part of people’s daily lives in this month. I am not talking about Spring which bounces in on Friday. One event , St. Patrick’s Day is a universal happening. It really celebrates the life of a person who visited the island of Ireland. Almost singlehandedly, at least that is what the legend says, he told all the people about the Christian god and they all believed and became strong advocates for the Catholic Church. We who are living in this era recognise how much these people cared for their country, their faith and each other. No town, city or country ignores the chance to celebrate this world famous saint.

BUT…..

On March 19th another holy man is honored by the same persons who brought you St. Pat. He was quiet, an accomplished carpenter, and the foster father of the baby born on December 25th. His name appears with Mary and Jesus in the Gospels before, during, and after, the birth of the child. Quietly he welcomes Mary into his life. The three Kings probably appear on his doorstep. He brings his wife and step-son safely into Egypt to escape the evil king of Isreal. Then he brings them to Galilee from Egypt for their safety.

Today in a world that needs real men who honor women and are role models for their children we have St. Joseph, who embraced his family as long as he was with them. What a wonderful father and stepfather he was! And how much we need this kind of role model today.

So there we have them–St. Patrick with whom we celebrate fun and festivities and St. Joseph, stepdad and silent protector of families,women, and children. What wonderful role models they are for the modern world.

Connections from Old and New Testaments

Presuming that you looked up the Bible reference in the previous blog, you noticed that this time the Apostles chosen by the Lord went out into the street to tell the crowds celebrating the Passover Feast about their new-found understandings. From all over the known world and listening to one language this time they could hear in their own languages. They were able to understand the sermon. Do I understand what people are saying to me? Do I express myself clearly to them and to my creator in my heart?

Word mixups to think about

The Bible speaks of these persons who tried to reach God by building their cities higher and higher. The closer they got to Heaven the more they came to making a name for themselves and forgetting the one who brought them out of danger and into the safety of the valley. God decided that if they were trying to reach him they could have plans to go beyond him so he decided to give them all a separate language and confuse their ability to work together.

So they cut short their building and scattered over the earth because of their lack of understanding of each other. This city and its high tower are called Babel. (Genesis: chapter 11: lines 1-9) 

Contrast this with the Acts of the Apostles: chapter 2: lines 1-11.

The miracle of tongues or the miracle of ears?