Posted by: geolocke | 2015/04/21

Morning Reflection

The dogs and I went on a walk this morning under the pre-dawn sky. A few birds joyfully sang their morning songs and the stars peaked out bright and clear from behind the scattered clouds. Yesterday’s sunset had been hidden by dark storm clouds and it rained heavily overnight, but the rain is gone now and the morning promises to be fresh and new.

As we walked, my thoughts turned back to the Easter Vigil. The stars reminded me of the darkened church lit by hundreds of individual candles. The scattered clouds were the clouds of incense that goes up before the book of the Gospels and the Holy Altar, and the smell of the flowers reminded me of the fragrance of that incense. When the breeze shook rain off the leaves and it fell on me, I was reminded of the priest sprinkling us with the newly blessed Holy Water.

All of these taken together reminded me of the Easter Vigil, and each of these symbols used in the vigil are to remind us of God’s wonderous Love for us. The candles remind us of the Light of the World, Christ, whose light when shared is not diminish, but increases in radiance. The fragrant clouds of incense are a visual reminder of the prayers of the Church for the whole world. And the sprinkling of Holy Water reminds us of our Baptismal promises.

I was thoroughly charged up and ready for today when we returned home. As I stood out back with my morning coffee and looked up at the predawn sky once more, I was reminded of the words of Psalm 8*:

O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name throughout the earth!
You have set your majesty above the heavens! Out of the mouths of
babes and infants you have drawn a defense against your foes.

When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and
the stars that you set in place – What are humans that you are
mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?

You have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory
and honor. You have given them rule over the works of your hands,
put all things at their feet: All sheep and oxen, even the beasts
of the field, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and
whatever swims the paths of the seas.

O Lord our God, how awesome is your name throughout the earth!

We are an Easter people and this is our Easter time. May the Blessings of God be with all of you this day and every day!

*Saint Joseph’s Edition.

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