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For most people, Labor Day means a long, (at least) three-day weekend filled with backyard BBQs, celebrating a last hurrah in the twilight of summer.
Genesis tells us that after His own six days of creative work, God invited man to share in His work: “…fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28).
During this onset of adulthood, we begin thinking about a vocation, a career, a chosen path of life. This too can be scary, exhilarating, or downright emotional. We’ve all be there. And for anyone who hasn’t been there yet, be assured the day will come for you, too.
Several years ago a voice was heard bellowing out in an airport waiting area,
“Chaste for 45 years!”
The surrounding space was electrified as heads turned toward us as I stood facing a non-Christian gentleman who had asked me if we practiced chastity and then posed to me the question of "How long have you been a Sister?"
We feel a great connection with animals, yet I'm reminded in Genesis that Adam could not find a suitable partner who was his equal in any of the animals. Only humans are a unique combination of both the physical world and the spiritual world, made up of a mysterious union of a body and a spiritual soul. No wonder we are so complex, so noble, yet so earth-bound and limited at the same time.
When Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on Mount Tabor and allowed them to see His divine glory it was to prepare them for the scandal of the Cross that they would encounter when they came down the mountain. And He prepares me in much the same way.