After speaking with a priest about the losses and struggles I’ve experienced this past year, he inquired gently: “Are you through the dark valley?” I replied, “I think so.” Later, as I reflected on his question, I recognized all the ways God had worked through family, friends, and even chance meetings throughout the year. I realized I was truly blessed and my heart overflowed with thanksgiving!
In the middle of death and violence, the prophet Habakkuk cries out: “How Long, O Lord, How Long?” The prophet, speaking on behalf of God, then responds to the desperate plea of God’s chosen: “Write down the vision; Make it plain upon tablets, so that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is a witness for the appointed time, a testimony to the end; it will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.” The vision is for justice, peace, redemption, and salvation. We set our vision on Heaven and the kingdom of Heaven on earth.
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.