I’m not really a “parade person”. Crowds make me nervous and I’m always afraid I’ll mess up the group chant. I never get the “wave” right in stadiums. So Palm Sunday, as you might imagine, makes me a little nervous. Who am I kidding, I’m terrified! I’m not sure when to come in with my, “Hosanna in the Highest, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”. As I stand in the crowd on Sunday morning, I ask you to hear my prayers, spoken from the silence of my heart:
Help me, in the days to come, to focus on what matters most,
Help me to see beyond the crowds and look to you,
Help me to find ways to block out the sounds of crowd,
Help me to listen to you when others put words into your mouth,
Help me to offer my heart when others offer their cloaks,
Help me find a place to be where you need me most.
Richard Lowell Bryant
1. Hurley and I went to our own church in the living room. We were both overcome by the Holy Spirit and slept on the for most of our hastily arranged worship service.
2. Do you need help with the dishes?
3. I find it hard to babysit Hurley and tell people this is our house. It is a full time job.
4. Does my butt look big in this hair?
5. I haven’t seen in the Psychotic Feline String Wrangler in two days. Was she transferred to a home for the criminally insane?
6. When are we next having meat with gravy? It’s not so much the meat as it is the gravy.
7. If you look to your left, you can see my paw being placed on your right leg.
8. Do you and mother watching anything other than shows about the fat English king who killed his wives?
9. A board game where silence and paws are the keys to world dominations.
10. Did I just make a pet pun?
The boundary dividing the present and eternity is fragile and easily breached.
Fence, Howard Street, 2017
The world is charged with the grandeur of God. – Father Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ
Fence Flower, 2017