Thursday, July 7, 2011
The Shining Summer Son
What else could we want but the Summer Son?...
Shining brightly there on the altar, He waits to infuse us with His rays of love and peace, no need for sunscreen or sunglasses to shield us from harm. As I sat basking in the warmth of His glow this morning, I felt the summer renewal that I needed. Suddenly other summer destinations seemed pale in comparison. This shining summer Son is rest for the weary and He beats the heat!
We know that God is everywhere but what a special honor that He comes to us in this miraculous way, a shining Son, live before our very eyes.
There He sits, available to the whole world...
There is no other love like His love,
No other peace like His peace,
No other renewal like His Spirit.
He is hope for the discouraged, rest for the weary, food for the hungry, and drink for the thirsty.
All of these things that we find in Scripture come flooding forth from the monstrance, revealing the true nature of the shining Son. His powerful beams strike our hearts with love, despite our unworthiness and shortcomings. He is there for us all...Always. Right there in that small white host shines Our Savior. This summer Son shines all year-round burning with desire for our presence, a visit that will never fail to energize and nourish us for the journey. This shining summer Son is the ultimate vacation destination. I am thankful that I don't have to travel very far to catch the best rays!
A Summer Prayer
Loving Father, during this time of rest and relaxation, please repair in me whatever is weary or broken, and revive my drooping spirit. Let this summer vacation be a graced time of recollection and rejuvenation, of deeper self-awareness and eager self-giving. May it be an occasion of refreshment and reinvigoration--a time to reclaim my friendship with Jesus Christ, who is our Lord now and for ever. Amen. ~Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.~