Happy feast of the Ascension of our Lord and celebration of the 45th World Communications Day!
We’ve been having lovely spring days and taking a walk in the empty field behind the convent in the early mornings and after supper is such a treat. The weeds as you can see above are, well, nothing but weeds, really – ordinary, nothing spectacular or impressive, even boring and definitely something you don’t want growing in your garden.
But hey, take a closer look …
Plenty of flowers, but also other creatures – butterflies, moths, grasshoppers, dragonflies and this ladybug.
A pink clover
They’re not orchids but they sure do colour the landscape! See below.
A hundred droplets in a single weed.
Sometimes, our life may appear boring, ordinary, the same old routine day in and day out. But like the field of weeds they hold within entirely splendiferous treasures which we can discover using the macro lens of time, attention and faith. Being present and paying attention is a discipline we can all practice, and I bet that you’ll stumble upon new things to discover everyday in the most ordinary thing, task or person. And there find glimpses of God.
As we celebrate the feast of the Ascension, Jesus sends us forth to proclaim the good news to everyone, making disciples of all nations. This command is for all Christians – not just for priests and nuns. By the way we live – and pay attention – we witness that indeed, Jesus loves us and is, indeed, with us always.
I do hope that in some way this blog helps fulfil that mandate and responds to the Holy Father’s invitation in his message for the 45th World Communications Day:
New horizons are now open that were until recently unimaginable; they stir our wonder at the possibilities offered by these new media and, at the same time, urgently demand a serious reflection on the significance of communication in the digital age. This is particularly evident when we are confronted with the extraordinary potential of the internet and the complexity of its uses. As with every other fruit of human ingenuity, the new communications technologies must be placed at the service of the integral good of the individual and of the whole of humanity. If used wisely, they can contribute to the satisfaction of the desire for meaning, truth and unity which remain the most profound aspirations of each human being.