Greetings as we begin another in hot and sunny Deerfield Beach. We are so glad that you are able to join us to celebrate the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Most of the shadows of this world are caused by standing in our own sunshine.”
It is easy to believe that the shadows on our landscape, the blots in our personal lives are the result of other people, events and circumstances over which we have no control. We see in others what we cannot face in ourselves. We pick on less standardized individuals or groups in our midst to lay the blame for problems on society.
But we need to look more closely at our own lives. When we are tempted to blame, or to point at others as culprits, it can be an opportunity to see some aspect of ourselves previously hidden from view. By refusing to blame or to single out, and by looking within, we may discover our own prejudices and anger, our lack of acceptance of our own faults and failings. We might recognize that we are far from being the perfect people we imagine ourselves to be. Better still we might be challenged and encouraged to love ourselves exactly as we are. In this way, we let the sun shine into our lives.
Stay well . . .enjoy the day. . .the week. . .and know that God loves you endlessly.
Fr. Bryan Dalton, Pastor