For the Feast of Epiphany, we created a centerpiece based on the theme: “Following the Star.” I purchased enough strings of glittering stars for each of the thirty tables. At the end of the evening, I glimpsed over and caught sight of a woman looking over her shoulder and then slipping several strings of stars into her purse. It stunned me. Mind you, it was a small matter: there were plenty of strings; they weren’t expensive; I wasn’t planning on using them soon. If she had only asked, I would have given her any or all to borrow or keep. But from that moment, I never viewed her in the same way—I never saw her as trustworthy.
After running to greet me, three-year-old Johnny heads straight to Mimi’s basket of blocks. Dumping wooden squares and rectangles on the floor, he builds a structure without calculating the number of blocks needed to complete his vision. Three-year-old children are incapable of such calculating, planning, and implementing a project. Yet this Sunday’s Gospel warns the crowds to calculate the cost before following Him. “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?”
The blog on this page presents reflections on the Sunday readings through the lens of a parent/grandparent, aiding leaders of the domestic church in their vital task as “first heralds” or “first preachers” of the Good News in the home.