“Consider your ways!”: a walk in the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord

 

“Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5)

IMG_0657Last week I posted a photo of the Concord River from Great Meadows National Wildlife refuge in Billerica. Great Meadows runs along twelve miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. Below are some pictures from the other end of Great Meadows in Concord.

 

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Right off of the parking area is an observation tower which provides a great view of the area.

IMG_0659There is a monocular mounted on the platform which is great for viewing the landscape and wildlife.

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Panorama from the Platform.

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There is a platform for a closer view of the freshwater wetlands.

IMG_0675Today is the feast day of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian. They offered up their lives when they refused to renounce the faith. Their names are memorialized in the Roman Canon (or First Eucharistic Prayer).

At Mass this morning I noted the words of the prophet Haggai, “Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5). The prophet pointed out to the people of his day that their actions were futile on account of their neglect of the Temple. Instead of rebuilding the Temple which had been destroyed on account of their sinfulness, they served themselves. However, in serving themselves they ended up with nothing. We should always be about the Lord’s business so that he may take pleasure in us, “for the Lord loves his people” (Psalm 149:4).

In the Gospel we encountered Herod the tetrarch, who “kept trying to see [the Lord]” (Luke 9:9). Herod wanted to see Our Blessed Lord not because he wanted the salvation offered, but because he wanted to be entertained. Herod also enjoyed listening to Saint John the Baptist, though he was never moved to repentance by the words of his preaching. Herod was a man who stayed on the surface. Orations tickled his ears, but the words never penetrated his heart. If they had, he would have put on sackcloth and ashes and broke off his adulterous relationship.

Everyday we need to consider our ways to be sure that we are about the Father’s business. If not, then it is time for repentance and conversion.

 

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  1. […] Last time I walked in the Concord unit of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge it was still summer. Now the weather is cooler and just about all of the autumn foliage has disappeared. […]

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