Sunday, July 22, 2012

la danse des canards

tournez c'est la fête
bras dessus-dessous
comm' des girouettes
c'est super chouette
c'est extra-fou ... (Werner Thomas - La Danse des Canards, 1950s)

hello.  my name is Fr. jonathan.  and, [awkward pause] i've danced to this song before.  i can still see Nathalie Simard singing (video) this diddy, and me bustin' a move.  good times?  i'm not sure, but everyone danced to this, right?


today, ce n'est pas la danse des canards, mais la danse des vacances!  everyone is away on vacation - the ABp, parishioners, the secretary, soon-to-be the pastor (tangent:  how does the expression go again?  something about away and a cat, and mice that play or pray?)  things slow down in the summer time - but our vacation is not from the Lord, but with Him.  indeed, the mission always continues!
"We cannot accept that salt should become tasteless or the light be kept hidden (cf. Mt 5:13-16). The people of today can still experience the need to go to the well, like the Samaritan woman, in order to hear Jesus, who invites us to believe in him and to draw upon the source of living water welling up within him (cf. Jn 4:14). We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples (cf. Jn 6:51). Indeed, the teaching of Jesus still resounds in our day with the same power: “Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life” (Jn 6:27). The question posed by his listeners is the same that we ask today: “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” (Jn 6:28). We know Jesus’ reply: “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (Jn 6:29). Belief in Jesus Christ, then, is the way to arrive definitively at salvation."  (Year of Faith's Apostolic Letter, Portei Fidei, #3)
i've started reading this letter, while whistling this happy tune - you realize it made it into Sunday's homily - and continue to experience that truth is one.  we all need vacation time, indeed, that is today's, Sunday's, Gospel (Mc 6:30-34).  our Lord sent them out two by two last week, and now they are back for a much needed rest!  we all need to make time, to take time from the busyness of life, and to draw upon the source of living water:  God in Jesus Christ.


of course, this is not just two weeks a year thing-a-ma-gig, but how about a weekend a month, one day a week, or an hour a day!  make time, to take time.  i like this letter so far, and look forward in implementing a few ideas for the fall.  what strikes me today, from the Gospel, is that even though the apostles have been called back to rest, there is no time.  there is still more to be done.  others continue to thirst for the life giving waters!  during la danse des vacances, let us continue to seek the source, in order to feed the crowds!  happy vacationing to all.  peace.

No comments:

Post a Comment