Francis began to encounter the living Christ after much suffering. While a rich merchant’s son, and with everything going his own way, he might have never met Christ.
As we move past Labor Day, now fully into September, we begin to feel a bit of shifting in the weather. The humidity is improving. The “autumn rains are covering the road to Jerusalem with blessings,” as the Psalms say. There is a turning, a change in the air, a newness about this season.
God continues to dream the dream of the kingdom. As pilgrim brothers on this journey, we listen to the voices of people in need, on the edges of society, the poor, and hear God’s voice
Just hearing the first notes of the song, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” from the familiar 1935 opera, “Porgy and Bess,” causes me to want to slow down. It’s a tune that jumps to my mind whenever I even hear the word “summertime.” I imagine that most of us long for summertime moments with some easier living. And we’re in the middle of it right now!
For St. Francis, John the Baptist served as a role model. Francis declares himself after his conversion, “I am the Herald of the Great King!”