Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Summer, when I was child, was not a day, but a time. Summer was lived outdoors and the immediacy of the world around me distinguished summertime from school time. In the Midwest, summer could be hot and humid, a cold spell, a thunderstorm; all seasonal varieties experienced by children who lived life on the back porch.

The responsibilities of adulthood put me back inside. Our world is filled with air-conditioned cars and buildings and so we  scurry from one environmentally engineered space to the next fleeing from summer and its heat which tends to slow everyone downРa sort of forced retreat from the fast pace of the rest of the year.

Of course I would be against “going back” and getting rid of air-conditioning, but I do miss the opportunity summer offered to stop and slow down. The two-week vacation just doesn’t satisfy and I don’t think it would be out of line to enjoy God’s gift of summer and its slowness beyond the period of two weeks-at least for a few moments every day.

July 20th, 2013