Saturday in the Twenty Seventh Week of Ordinary Time / Optional Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Crowd upon crowd in the valley of decision. (Joel 4:14a)
Lord of Justice, the 1941 film How Green Was My Valley tells the story of a 19th century Welsh family and the impact of coal mining on them and their once pastoral homeland. The narrator, reminiscing on his childhood, states, "Strange that the mind will forget so much of what only this moment has passed, and yet hold clear and bright the memory of what happened years ago." Our memory helps shape the images presented to us in the Scriptures, yet our experience of the Scriptures is meant to help us better understand the present moment.
The language of harvest in Joel exhorts us to know how a false view of God's action in our lives limits us to a false, selfish, near-sighted view of the importance of our own actions. Help me understand the meaning of Your message to us, "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it" (Luke 11:28). Let me see the limits and impact of my human experience as it draws me ever deeper into our experience of Your truth, its judgment and its mercy.
Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.