You may remember that a month or so ago, I mentioned the letter I received from a person named Sammy, who is incarcerated in a U.S. prison. His request was for some note cards and stamps. I did honor his request and sent the note cards and stamps.
Well, in Saturday’s mail, I received a note from Sammy thanking me and the Parish for the note cards and stamps. This got me thinking about another Homily for today’s feast, instead of the Homily I had already put together.
Today’s feast is obviously a reminder of God’s presence with us every moment of our lives and for all eternity. A reminder that happens every time we make the Sign of the Cross, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Yet Sammy’s note also got me thinking about the fact that we too, as people of faith are called to remind others of God’s care and love and understanding and forgiveness and acceptance… in concrete ways. Be they big or small or even something like answering small requests for some note cards and stamps.
Yes, we need, at least at times, to be reminded of God’s presence in our lives, but so do others.
Maybe this week as we grow in appreciation of God’s presence in our lives in so many ways and through so many people, we can also be that person who brings God to another through our words and actions that reminder for them of God’s presence in their life.
Oh by the way, I had planned on doing this even before Sammy sent his thank you note, over the coming several months, I will be sending him some more note cards and stamps.
We all need to be reminded – again and again – that God cares and loves us. May we not miss the opportunity, in word and actions, to remind others that they too matter in the sight of God.
As God blesses us, may we be a blessing to one another, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”