Green Time

When we come back to the green time of the year, it reminds us of at least one very important fact.

Green things grow. They burrow quietly and mysteriously into their source of nourishment and moisture. And green things fan themselves out to feel the invigorating sunlight.

Adversities come the way of green things, to be sure. They can suffer some rough strife. Not enough water. Sudden cold snaps. Predators of many kinds, including diligent human hands pulling them up to their deaths. Terrible calamities can befall entire metropolises of green creatures—like a large parking lot being laid down by bulldozer and steamroller.

But as soon as things quiet down, the green things will be at it again, growing in their inimitable, invincible way. Time seems always to be on the side of the green things. Their patience, over long, long periods of time—the patience green things have in calmly and quietly asserting their power to grow: this patience will outlast the era of the automobile. It will outlast all the fleeting human mechanisms of our present age. Someday the green things will re-take every parking lot on earth, and where our cars are parked now, a little dale of ferns will grow.

So it is, dear brothers and sisters, with the power of God’s grace. St. Peter’s first letter reads like a gentle and loving reminder to us of the evergreen-ness of God.

The world may seem to have grown old, decadent, even cadaverous. You may have tired yourself and worn out your own patience. The adversities we face—indeed, they are real. Satan loves to try to lay down parking lots on top of us.

But the love of God continues to pour itself out upon the world—with all the vim and vigor of the first day of creation. Today—May 30, 2012—today has been foreknown by the great Source of all life, foreknown in every detail. God planned that today would be the beginning of the eternal happiness prepared for us from the foundation of the world. Yesterday might have been a great day. On the other hand, yesterday might also have sucked. Doesn’t matter. As far as God’s power to make us grow is concerned, today might as well be Day One.

We just have to burrow a little into the soil, and spread ourselves out a little to the light.

The green things know the truth. Cold spells come and go. Weed-Eaters come and go. Bulldozers come and go. The earth will never run out of nourishing soil. And in the end the sun will shine.

One thought on “Green Time

  1. Father Mark,

    I guess the bull-dozer just sort of brought me to life. A scientific short story from the 1950’s, “Daisy Etta” [“Killdozer” –!_(story) -hispanicizing of `D-7″ the biggest ubiquitous Cat of the time, , soon to be replaced by the D-8] comes to mind. The bulldozer breaks through the roof of an ancient temple; and all Hell breaks loose — a sort of fifty-thousand pound version of Cujo, with apologies to Harry Chapin for 30,000 pounds – ). Aren’t the associations of the mind nearly endless?

    But, mostly, I think the seemingly-irrepressible nature of life, the tree growing through the asphalt ( ) or “Life finds a way!” from “Jurassic Park” ( ).

    God is like that, brought to life, endless possibilities, irrepressible; THANK GOD!

    In God we trust.



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