Again and again

It didn’t work.

I mean, it’s not like I didn’t try. Again and again. The 300+ pictures on my phone are proof that I did.

No matter how hard I tried, I never could capture the magic.

If I’m taking the pictures, fireworks never look as good as they do in real life.

But I keep going to fireworks displays. And I still keep trying.

There are some things in life that are so good that they’re worth repeating. Again and again.

Because there’s something about them that draws you back. Something so good that if you could pause it at just that moment, you would.  

In a heartbeat.

So what does that have to do with the Mass? More than you might think.

More on this tomorrow.

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Fireworks.  There’s nothing quite like them.  I’m happy to go out of my way for a chance to see them. 

Where I live, there are 2 fireworks displays on the 4th.  At the same time.  So every year I try to find a place where I can see them both.  I hate to miss any of it. 

Fireworks are amazing.  They always get our attention.  But that’s pretty much it.  When they’re over, they’re done.    

Which is very different from how things work when God gets our attention.  It’s not just the fireworks.  There’s a lot more going on.  Like we see in Sunday’s first reading (Exodus). 

More on this tomorrow.  Readings for Sunday

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It's not what we expected

Given who God is and things like God's warning to Moses ("no one can see me and live") - not to mention our own ideas about God - when God passes by Elijah, we are expecting it to be something literally awe-inspiring (and maybe even deadly).  

When something or someone is a big deal, there's usually a special introduction to tell us just that.  Every four years, the Olympics start with an opening ceremony (often bordering on the ridiculous) in a stadium full of floats, lasers, costumes, props, people, music, fireworks, etc.  Every week professional wrestlers get lightshows and indoor fireworks when they are introduced.

So it's more than a little surprising that, after all of the "fireworks" (rock-crushing windstorm, earthquake, firestorm), God shows up not in something that one-ups the fireworks - but in the still small voice afterwards. 

It's not what we expected, and it tells us a lot about God that we could never hear during the fireworks. 

More on Sunday's readings tomorrow. 

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