Our lives are a series of events that cause us to reverse course – often; we are remind of this in song by Malvena Reynolds and Harry Belafonte: “Turn around and you’re tiny, turn around and you’re grown;” and from Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger, “To everything (turn, turn, turn) there is a season (turn, turn, turn) and a time to every purpose under heaven.”
I am inspired by the reminder in the Bible “We hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Fr. Richard asks, “What has been unveiled.” This Pentecost morning God reminded me to get my mind out of gear; put it in neutral; be still and listen. I open my heart to discover what it is I am missing. God tells me to turn around; look at those who try to harm me, those who may hate me, and open my heart and love to them, love them, pray for them, because they also are my brothers and sisters.
Jesus is lord over all, and we praise how great thou (Jesus) are; however, I must work at acting that way. On this Pentecost Sunday, God asks that my turn around, see how my enemies, the poor among us, and those suffering in silence need God’s love that I am blessed to bring.
Thus, I turn around and face those whom I may have denied my love and prayers and open my heart as God asks.