“Hurry Janet, I think I’m in labor.” Janet dropped everything and sped to Jessie’s home. Entering the house, she found Jessie on the kitchen floor in a pool of water. Janet grabbed towels and helped the laboring mother into the car. Once in, Janet raced to the hospital as Jessie kept crying, “faster, faster.” Soon Janet was clocking at eighty miles per hour; “I did not want to deliver that baby on the highway shoulder.” Janet called Jessie’s husband: “Rob, we’re headed to the hospital—now.” Janet then dialed the nearest hospital to report the incoming patient. As they screeched into the emergency center parking lot, two nurses ran out with a wheelchair. Jessie’s husband rushed over and, thankfully, was present for the birth of a big healthy boy—just five minutes after arrival. Janet later reported, “It was so dramatic, it felt like we were in a movie!” Janet made haste to aid this mother and newborn baby.
Israel, expecting its return to Jerusalem, perches on the edge of glory. Mary, awaiting the birth of her baby, labors on the cusp of glory. John the Baptist, proclaiming repentance, preaches on the verge of glory. The Church, anticipating the Second Coming of Jesus, worships at the altar of glory. Israel, Mary, John the Baptist, and the Church were created for God’s glory. Each person’s call to the edge of glory is to know, and make known, God’s glorious presence in the world.
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.