May 2019 Reflections from the Rector
It’s no secret that one of my favorite pastimes is walking at Wintersmith Park. Those of you who live in the area or frequent the park yourself have seen me doing my laps. Last year, I hadn’t started walking by early May, so I missed Spring at Wintersmith! Over even just the past few days, I’ve noticed something distinct and beautiful: newborns of all kinds! Each morning or afternoon, I see little families of ducks and geese, each fluffy huddle of toddling babies surrounded by a few adults. Seeing the little families out for a stroll has brightened my days, and just this morning I saw a duck family in formation, gliding across the water, children following a parent. Even with my headphones in, I’ve noticed something else: the loud hissing of geese when I have stepped just an inch too close to their newborns.
Right now, we are in the Easter season. Christ has died and is risen, and with Christ, we were raised from the dead, made a new creation. We are, in a sense, newborns in our faith, recently born out of a tomb and ushered into everlasting life. Newness in our lives, whether it is the physical newness of a baby or the spiritual newness of rebirth at Easter or even the newness that catches us unaware, can leave us feeling tender. We might feel so tender that we build up the walls around us to try to protect ourselves, to try to protect our fragility, to send out a hiss when anything steps too close to the not-yet-tested realities of our lives.
One of the great truths of the Christian faith is that in order for us to be tested by the reality of life to help us feel strengthened in our faith, we must be vulnerable. We must walk out of the heavily defended space and into the open grassy patches where we will not approach the world with a hiss, but with a question. We must walk into the heart of God where we will ask the question of who we are, where God will strengthen us in telling us the answer.