Glowing

IMG_2787In our first reading from Exodus, we see how Moses’s face was radiant and glowing after having spoken with God on the mountain. It suggests we ought to glow in a certain sense after our every holy hour, after our reception of the sacraments, after our every encounter with God–which is all the time. In the Gospel, we see Martha glowing.  It’s her feast day today.  She glows with the joy of the resurrection after going out to meet Jesus and having been consoled by him. (Mary, who has the reputation of being closer to the Lord, stayed home.)  In Martha’s service, she glowed…big time. Mary may have “chosen the better part,” but Martha chose a pretty good part too, or actually, it was chosen for her. By God. If everyone were a Mary, nothing would get done, no one would be out there setting the world aglow. So today we celebrate the busy-bees, those who, like Martha, carry our their duties dutifully and with great glow. We also celebrate today, one day in advance, the feast day of St. Peter Chrysologus, the patron of our dear Sr. Crysilda, who is the intention of this Mass. His last name means “golden worded” and it is a reflection of his fine preaching.  It is said he was quite the exuberant preacher. He probably glowed while preaching.  No doubt he allowed the Word of God to shine through him and out to the whole world. The Word of God glows, and it causes the world to glow! Let me just say this to you sisters.  Last year, when I left here and went back to Meinrad, I told everyone how much I loved my time at OLG and how one of the best parts was that there were these beautiful nuns who glowed with the joy of Jesus.  Thank you for that Sisters.  Your glows around this place make a huge difference.  And they teach the rest of us that we are meant to glow as Christians. If we’re not glowing for one reason or another, we’re not doing it right.