October 28, 2016
How beautiful is the fall season in New England! New Englanders know so well how rich the color palette of the American deciduous trees can get in our neck of the woods. The splendor of the foliage colors in this part of the world is second to none. You could almost say that its wonder should never be trumped by any other worry.
But life goes on and so it goes with wonder. Even though we live amid this nature’s marvel, daily chores grasp our minds. And like the foliage, wonder flurries down in elegance but irretrievably so. Yet, we should never let go of wonder, however naive it may seem at times. Even more important than the fall foliage in New England is the sense of wonder it generates. The leaves grow and flow with the seasons, but our sense of wonder is what helps us to stay rich. Because it is wonder that drives us, opens us, ignites our thinking, pulls us towards new initiatives.
It is this sense of wonder that this Sunday’s readings are calling to mind, when we hear Paul praying: “May God give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance” Ephesians 1.
In this time of hard work, worries, and prayers for our country, I pray that we preserve this divine gift of wisdom, enlightenment and wonder that keeps our lives rich and strong.