The time has come… for all the students who walked out of school to protest easy access to guns…The time has come that Stephen Hawking is once again stardust… The time has come…. winter is loosening its hold on the earth.
Some very hardy gardeners are outside again, helping to prepare the way for the new plants of spring and summer. The old brown grass is being raked away, ground cover is being removed and a few blades of green grass are appearing in sunny nooks and crannies. Crocuses are reaching for the sun. The hour has come when life and death are side by side as the old makes way for new life and new growth.
So too, the hour has come in our scripture readings, to hear stories in scripture of God’s steadfast love promising and working to bring new life out of death.
Now our first reading…
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