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September 29, 2020

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link: Click here.

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Daniel 7:9-10-13-14
Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-5
Gospel: John 1:47-51

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”     John 1:48

John doesn’t describe how Nathanael was being under the fig tree. How long was he there? Was he relaxed? Anxious? Tired? Injured? But a quick Google search can tell us the why. Under the fig tree is an image used to describe a time of prayer and reflection.

I enjoy being outdoors in the woods. There is a wonderful park close to home,  Eagle Creek Park, where I enjoy spending my time. There are miles of trails for hiking, walking and running. I especially like running the tree lined trails. Not only am I getting some exercise but I spend that time in prayer. These tree lined trails are my fig trees. It is very relaxing and renews my spirit.

However, over the past several months, sitting under the fig trees hasn’t always been so relaxing. There are times “under the trees” that I have found myself anxious, tired, and worried. The world that we live in is a crazy mess. And each day seems to be a little crazier than the day before. When will it end?

Today, I am still under the trees, praying and reflecting. More importantly, hoping. Because I know that I am being seen and heard. And I know that there will be greater things to come, in heaven and on earth.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,
Tim Bush

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