There are certain sure signs that summer is coming to an end: one is the Cowboys’ training camp another is the realization that school will start in a couple of weeks. If you are an early riser you have also noticed that you are getting up in the dark again.
In spite of the calendar years, lunar, solar or liturgical, our lives are governed much more by the school year and the seasons than anything else. School resumes in the fall (only now it is the late summer), it ends in the spring and summer is for vacation.
Fall is a time for new beginnings. Little ones begin school, middle ones begin high school and older ones go off to college, many on their own for the first time. It is also a time of change and apprehension as we venture into the unknown and leave the comfort of the familiar behind.
This is not just true for our families but also for our parishes. Several of our parishes have new pastors or new parochial vicars, four of our parochial schools have new principals and a number of parishes have new parish catechetical leaders (PCLs) the new designation for directors of religious education.
It is easy to forget that these new leaders are also venturing into the unknown and leaving behind the comfort of the familiar. For them as well as for our students it is a time of challenge but more importantly, it is a time of opportunity. It is a time to build, a time to learn, a time to grow. It’s a time to see God’s hand at work in their lives.
Second Isaiah put it well: “See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it? (Is 43:19) He was calling on the Israelites to see God’s hand at work in the end of their exile.
God’s hand is present in every new opportunity if we just take time to perceive it.
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