From Deacon David…
Truth is Hidden in Plain Sight
Burna and I are on our annual summer pilgrimage to the Great Lakes to visit Burna’s mother, our daughters and their families, and special friends. In a friend’s home in Kearney, Nebraska, every room has pictures of wild iris and bamboo, calligraphy scrolls, delicate ceramics, oriental fabrics, lovely green plants, and round-faced dolls. The pattern whispers a hint, “I taught English for many years in Japan.”
We’re surrounded by patterns: the seasons of the year, the annual rhythm of visits with family and friends, our daily and weekly routines, and indeed, the arrangement of our homes. The daily meditation, breakfast and Fr. Rohr’s daily meditation, the PBS Newshour, music and reading in the evening. Patterns tell our stories in space and time. Patterns are like containers that shape us and hold our lives together.
All of this brings me to an endlessly fascinating pattern that surrounds us, more or less “hidden in plain sight”—the Church Year. Following the seven weeks of Easter Time, we’ve been duly launched into Ordinary Time, the longest season of the liturgical year. These last three Sunday solemnities (Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ) rehearse a stunning story.
In plain English: Holy Spirit arises, unbidden, within us; life itself is a dance among being, consciousness, and joy; the story of the Christ is the story of creation—spirit is the energy that animates matter and offering our lives to others releases the spirit that sustains the universe. This story of how spirit animates matter and how self-offering releases spirit is the narrative of Ordinary Time: ordinary human beings are the source of extraordinary creativity amidst the mundane routines of daily life.