It rained today. The old cliche is that April showers make May flowers. Well, I suppose, it’s true, but, oh! It’s so wet. Yesterday, I walked over to the post office to pick up my mail. It was to be my last day of mail pick-up.
A few months ago, my mailbox received what I believed to be a mortal blow from a combination of too much snow piled up upon it and a powerful wind storm. The mailbox, however, apparently was a cat with nine lives. It was not dead, after all. My friend Jenn Jablon Pusatier put the mailbox back up. I am very grateful for that act of kindness.
So there was no mail waiting for me at the post office.
|Father Martin Gallagher, parochial
vicar at Saint Stephen Roman
Catholic Church talked about
forty days of preparation. “We fast
to prepare and to repent. Do we
think of others and do we show God
that we are sorry for our
Later yesterday afternoon, the mail was delivered… into the mailbox! No more walking nearly three miles to the post office to collect a pack of bills, magazines, and newspapers. I’ll never take mailboxes for granted again.
But I digress, as I so often do. I know. The title is Lent.
It’s about waiting and preparation. And that is what spring unfolding is. It’s about watching and waiting
for my little part of the world to come back to brightness, color, and life.
And yesterday, as I was walking to the post office, I saw big, fat buds on some of the small trees. I felt happy. I had been waiting for this for so long. There is a lot of waiting when watching spring unfold. Spring doesn’t follow a set schedule.
|Mary Lou Pohl read the reflection
of Father Chris O’Connor,
transition priest at Saint
Episcopal Church, as he was away
with his wife, Colleen,
also an Episcopal priest,
visiting an ill family member.
That is what Lent is all about. It’s about waiting and about preparing. In the Northern Hemisphere, there is a connection between Easter and spring. I looked up how the date of Easter is determined each year, and this is what I found it. The church always views March 21st as the vernal equinox, even though it can actually vary from March 19th until March 22nd. Well… so, Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the vernal equinox. Clear as mud? Yep, I think so, too.
|“Lent is a unique period of time for
us. It can be an important and
serious time of reflection… Glory
means honor, magnificence,
and beauty. Is Lent
glorious?” (“the Glory
of these Forty Days”)
This year, I attended each of five Lenten luncheons. The theme for the luncheons was the music of the season.They are organized by the Grand Island Ministerium, which is an interdenominational group of pastors that plans various events during the year.
The luncheons feature a delicious meal prepared by members of the hosting congregation, followed by a reflection by a clergymember.