As I write this morning, a thunderstorm is rolling over the friendly confines of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Erie. It is the first thunderstorm of the year! How exciting! I love thunderstorms. When I was a kid, I was scared to death of them (and most everything else too). The raw power of the meeting of cold and warm air produces nature’s greatest Spring spectacle.
This first thunderstorm reminds me that, although there is still ice floating around in thawing Lake Erie, the change of season is upon us. Aside from the Streets Department filling all of those craters (umm.. potholes) in the road, I look forward most to the Spring bloom. Nature goes from being three colors (blue, white, and brownish/green), to being brown, green, blue, yellow, pink, red, purple, and so on. The five month wait for coldness’ departure and outdoor life’s return has finally arrived!
It takes five months for Spring to arrive in Erie, PA; it takes 40 days of Lent for Easter to arrive. Just so, it takes a long time for God’s calling to us to mature to full stature. Patient and attentive hearts are needed if we are to respond to our vocation. And many people need to be involved in grooming a vocation: Priests, teachers, youth leaders, parents, and peers.
How long did the man born blind in Sunday’s Gospel sit and beg, waiting for someone to recognize him and help him? One day, his prayers were answered. Jesus came to him, and opened his eyes. Jesus opened his eyes for the purpose of calling him to discipleship. Jesus said
“I came into this world for judgment,
so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.”
Will we let Jesus open our eyes, so that we may see? Or will we refuse Him? The world is blind, but we can see through Christ. May each of us patiently and attentively listen for God. As surely as the Spring comes, His answer will come. It may take waiting through many cold and dark nights, but our vocation will bloom, as surely as the Spring flower. May we have the grace to see it through to completion.
This week is your final chance to register for the Middle High School Youth Rally this Sunday. For info, go to http://www.eriercd.org/vine.asp . On the website is breaking news about the appointment of our new Bishop! Check it out.
If you wish to register for the rally, please call Fr. Steve Schreiber at 814-824-1111.