Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 4, 2019

There are many things to like about summer. One of my favorite parts of summer is the opportunity to see sunrises. For much of the year the sun rises when I am busy (celebrating Mass, etc.), but in the summer I can watch the sky change colors well before the rest of the day needs to begin. It is wonderful.

The beauty of the sunrise, for me, is a great way to begin the day. Every day brings its own challenges, but starting off with a beautiful sunrise is a great little boost to meet those challenges. More than just a beautiful, inspiring view, the sunrise is also something that is entirely out of my or anyone’s control. It is up to God, the One who set this whole world in motion. I have something concrete, at the beginning of the day, to thank God for.

There is always something to thank God for. Just getting up for a new day is a gift and a blessing. While we need to be thankful for such gifts and blessings, they can easily become rote patterns. The alarm goes off at the same time every day, and every day you thank God for another day, and you do the same thing every day for years. This is important, but it can lose a little something over time.

Every sunrise, though, is different. The pattern of the clouds is different; the humidity in the air is different; the point on the horizon where the sun comes up is different. One sunrise might be filled with vivid colors; another might have more pastels. In one sunrise you can watch the sun come up because the light is filtered through clouds; in another sunrise the light from the sun is far too intense. They are all unique, but they all point to one thing, or rather one Person: God who made it all and who sustains it all.

What ever may be facing me in the rest of the day, the sunrise is an opportunity to truly thank God for His wonderful gift. It is an opportunity to ponder and enjoy His beauty manifest in creation. It is an opportunity to rest in confidence that God is in control of this crazy mess of a world, no matter what may be coming down the track.

~ Father Aaron Ferris

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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