Well, it is official: Summer is here! The hazy, hot and humid days are upon us and we can feel the strain of feeling our life is in brown-out mode. Of course, we have waited for these days after the harsh winter and long, cold Spring and so now, in typical New England fashion, we do what we do best: we complain about the weather! Actually, I enjoy this weather. I wish I didn’t have to don a black suit but suffice it to say that when I can, shorts and flip-flops are par for the course.
These days which can seem to tax our energy levels should also give us the chance to embrace the words that we hear this 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time and they should be heard in light of the Independence that we celebrated two days ago. We live in the Spirit. Saint Paul, writing a letter to the early Christian Community living in Rome exhorts his fellow disciples that they are called to embrace their way of life differently. Paul writes: Brothers and sisters: You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. (Rom. 8:9,11) We must remember that even when we feel so overwhelmed and physically exhausted, God’s Spirit resides in us and gives us the strength to embrace and live as those renewed by the Grace that God continues to pour out upon us. Next time you take a drink of ice cold water on an extremely hot day, as that water quenches your parched throat, think of the image as how God quenches us when we are spiritually or emotionally tired. He satisfies all of our needs!