Summer has afforded prayer time with The Lord, not timed and mostly unhurried. Today's Gospel mentions how the last shall be first in the kingdom. To
be opened to a new perspective upon arriving at Mass a seat was taken in the rear pews rather than up close to the Ambon. There were many people who may not 'linger' yet many young couples with small children! They were in constant motion
throughout Mass: feeding the baby, engaging the toddler, going after the running four year old and tag-reaming with their spouse! It was fascinating. At the sign of peace when turning there was a young couple known, gust today there was a
baby carrier beside them with a perfectly snoozing newborn son!! They smiled at one another then back at me with a serene new peacefulness about them. After Mass the baby continued to sleep. "Our lives have changed since we last saw you!" Indeed!
Could we say the same? While journeying with The Lord, how have our lives changed? The text referenced the last couple of weeks has been refreshingly filled with love, family and a life long commitment between a husband and wife: 'The Journey of
Our Love" about St. Gianna Beretta and her husband Pietro Molla. It has been a long time since reading such an authentic love story! That is aside from: 'Maurice & Therese.' A book for another week. during one of his business travels
Gianna wrote to him: 'How nice it would be to always be together, but... Let us offer everything to The Lord so that he will always help our dear and beautiful family." (P. 167). Let us take the last place and be delighted like today to meet a newborn child
and loving parents! Lady of the Milk Grotto, Pray for us!